Marija jurić zagorka's "the witch of grič":
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Marija Jurić Zagorka was the first female political journalist in Central Europe and a pivotal figure in Croatian culture and literature. Her iconic book series Grička Vještica served as a political weapon to encourage the Croatian sovereignity by promoting Croatian language and identity, but it also championed women’s rights. The translation of Kontesa Nera and the critical examination of its significance in the context of early twentieth century Croatia serve to introduce Zagorka’s work to the English-speaking world in hopes of promoting a better understanding of Croatian history and culture as well as literature’s role in nation-building.