Zoli is a nickname for the name Zoltan.
Also, Zoli is the third novel of the Irish-American writer Colum McCann. It follows the life of Marienka Novotna, nicknamed "Zoli", a Slovak Romani woman, from her childhood in the 1930s up until her death. Although Zoli is a fictional character, her life is loosely based on that of the Polish Romani poet Papusza (Bronisława Wajs).
Zoli explores the persecution of the Roma faced during World War II, as well as the impact of socialism on Romani culture and lifestyles and experiences of otherness and marginalisation faced by Romani people in Europe. The novel is written from multiple perspectives, including the first and third persons.
A Romany poet who couldn't be silenced; Based loosely on a true story, 'Zoli' tells of an artist's struggle toward her goals.(FEATURES)(BOOKS)(Book review)
Jan 09, 2007; Byline: Yvonne Zipp In the 1930s, Slovak Hlinka guards drove a Romany family out onto the ice and kept them there, with guns...