Books

VenecijaVladimir Pištalo, VENICE, a novel

2011; 20x14 cm; 166 pp; hardcover;

Reality would remain the ugly duckling, unless our attention turns it into a swan.

Vladimir Pištalo is one of the most important contemporary Serbian writers. His writings – most notably, novels Tesla, a Portrait Among the Masks and Millenium in Belgrade – are widely translated and have been published in ten languages so far.

These canonic titles of the Serbian literature are followed by his latest novel Venice. This novel is not only an extension of the merit and sensibility of previous works, but also opens its own, new horizons. This book demonstrates Brodel's love for the Mediterranean. The author observes Venice on the glowing faces of people from the whole world and depicts the book of changes, the book about reversing all sorts of meaning in a carnival. Chimerical like the city itself, the novel Venice is an example of singular syncretism, a literary answer to the existence of this floating fairy tale.

In short, this is the most intimate work of one of the most poetic Serbian writers.

Tesla-4-izd-smallVladimir Pištalo, TESLA, A PORTRAIT AMONG THE MASKS, a novel

4th edition, 2010; 20xI4 cm; 420 pp; hardcover;

The most interesting and comprehensable story about Nikola Tesla so far.

This book was awarded NIN – Novel of the Year Prize in 2008. Accordint to the National Library of Serbia, this was the most popular title in 2009. This book has been translated into English, Danish, Czeck, Bulgarian, Slovenian, Hungarian, Macedonian, Romanian and Japanese.

In the period between Plato and the day Nikola Tesla was born, the world has slightly changed, compared to the life span of Nikola Tesla. It is difficult not to get fascinated by the story about The Great Step Forward, from the homeric gousle player to the flying on the blue ray of energy – in less than a century! This work combines a fresco and an icon, a saga novel and an intimate story. The biography of Nikola Tesla is an inspired chronicle of one of the most enormous changes in the history of mankind, spanning several countries and two continents. The story of Tesla is a story about an epoch. In all, this is one of the most convincive biography about the human Thunderer.

Milenijum-u-Beogradu-3-izdVladimir Pištalo, MILLENIUM IN BELGRADE, a novel

3rd edition, 2010; 20xI4 cm; 216 pp; hardcover;

A magical portrait of Belgrade

The French edition of this novel was shortlisted for Prix Femina. In addition to this, it received a favourable critical reception, with more than 30 reviews in the leading dayly press and literary magazines. Most of the reviewers emphasize that this is a high-brow war literature and a must for anybody who wants to understand Serbia in the 1990's. In the Parisian bookshops, this novel was advertised as sensitive and fierce, ironic and accurate, hallucinatory and lyrical, a magical portrait of Belgrade, the city born in a dream...


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Vladimir Pištalo, STORIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD, a collection of short stories

2009. 20x14 cm; 134 pp; hardcover;

Authentic stories, told by the emmigrants from different countries and continents. The world of these stories is more realistic than the world itself.

A window in America allows us to perceive different national and mental enterieurs, from around the world, which are worn like the clothes. The heroes of the stories watch more or less the same world through their multicoloured eyes.

Vladimir Pištalo lives in the USA and teaches at the University of Worcester, Massachusetts.

Djordje-Pisarev-A-ako-umre-2-i-small Đorđe Pisarev, AND WHAT IF SHE DIES BEFORE HE WAKES?, a novel

2nd edition, 2009; 20x14 cm; 121 pp; hardcover;

This novel of the most important Serbian postmodernists was shortlisted for NIN – Novel of the Year Prize in 2010.

Amid dispersed, immeasurable times, the writer's hero, a member of the generation lost between the worlds, learns that he is in the year in which no year has ever existed, in the space that yet has to be discovered. A search for the promised land – a promised city – is a search for the (lost) identity. A dream of the disappering city reveals through the postmodern 21st century realism, with the elements of phantastic (from cyberpunk and VR to the universe of Matrix).

AWARD: Stevan Pesic Prize

Pavle Ugrinov, LOVELESS, a novel

3rd. edition, 20O9; 20xI4 cm; 224 pp; hardcover;

Is it possible to find a pure perfect and complete love?

Pavle Ugrinov is one of the finest storytellers in the Serbian literature in the second half of the 20th century. His literary work is prolific and stylistically diverse. He wrote 25 books and tried his hand in almost every literary genre, and his novels are representative works of fiction in the Serbian literature.

Through the thrilling and powerful telling in the novel Loveless, a reader is faced with one of the Great Stories of the Literature. A question is posed about the possibility of the unpunished quest pure, perfect and complete love in the world permanently torn with contradictions and polluted with ordinariness. And if one is lucky to find it, what is its destiny?

Vrlo-malo-svetlosti-2izd-2011Vladan Matijević, BARELY ENOUGH LIGHT, a novel

2nd edition, 2011; 20xI4 cm; 258 pp; hardcover;

A novel that received most important literary prizes in 2010 (Meša Selimović Prize, Borisav Stanković Prize and Isidora Sekulić Prize) and was shortlisted for NIN – Novel of the Year Prize.

A cruel and witty tales about being accepted and unaccepted.

Both cruel and witty, this novel comprises three stories, following lives and dreams of three apparently different heroes – an American art historian Hillary, a former Secretary in the Serbian Government Milutin Čabrinović and a student of philosophy Đorđe the Truthful – yesterday's successful people and today's the defeated ones. They are connected by their dreams and by the fact that they live in the deranged world they can neither adapt to or survive in. This is a subtle analysis of the end of the 20th century, modern art, political processes, religion, a world of desperation, a world in world in which money is the supreme value.

With his book of defence, Vladan Matijević rummages through our crumpled and unuseful biographies, which are like last year's snow in the century, in which garbage and banality are elevated to the level of sacrosanctity. The façade of our pampered world, so crudely exposed in this novel, proves to be hiding tghe greatest crime. Premeditation is not always a matter of mutual agreement...  Draško Ređep, literary critic, Večernje novosti

In my opinion, this is the best Serbian novel in 2010. It's an uncompromisingly piercing view on the apocalypse that is going on. Our three antiheroes portray the fallen world with striking reality, on the brim of the darkness – hence the light in the title. Vasa Pavković, literary critic

Mirko-Demic-Trezvenjaci-na-pijanoj-ladjiMirko Demić, TEETOTALLERS ON THE SHIP OF FOOLS, a novel

2nd edition, 2011; 20xI4 cm; 226 pp; hardcover;

A Serbo-Croatian novel

A strange love story, in the shadow of a real/imaginary travel by train between Belgrade and Zagreb. The hero Pavle mulls over the complicated relations between the Serbs and Croats, belgrade and Zagreb, leading contemporary writers Miloš Crnjanski and Miroslav Krleža, a painter Sava Šumanović and a literary hero Filip Latinovicz, us and them, real and imaginary, wakefulness and dream.

AWARD: Dejan Medaković Prize.

Molski-akordi-2-smallMirko Demić, CHORDS IN MINOR KEY, a collection of short stories

2nd edition, 2010; 20xI4 cm; 174 pp; hardcover;

Individual and national borderline situations.

This book was awarded Ivo Andrić Prize for the best collection of short stories.

Discreetly following the destiny of the dispersed nation, the narrator tells the story about the life of the Serbian 19th century writer Jakov Ignjatović, in the middle of 1848 revolution. In the Belgrade insane asylum, in the dawn of WWI, a famous Serbian writer Petar Kočić and his anonymous colleague Dušan Srezojević communicate with their literary ancestors, Savo Mrkalj and Friedrich Hölderlin.

AWARD: Ivo Andrić Prize

Tanja-Kragujevic GLASS GRASSTanja Kragujević, GLASS GRASS, selected and new poems

2009; 18 xI6 cm; 256 pp; hardcover;

Selected poems of the leading Serbian poetess.

A representative selection of poems of Tanja Kragujević, who wrote seventeen books of poetry. This selection takes readers down the corridors of out-of-the-ordinary world.

A reader of these poems is offered a resolute insight into the shallow hopes of this world, a view from inside the dissolved Being, personal and generalized, symbolic and linguistic firework.

Aleksandar Baljak IT WAS THE WAR Aleksandar Baljak, IT WAS THE WAR THAT STARTED FIRST, aphorisms

2nd edition, 2009; 18 xI6 cm; 284 pp; hardcover;

A book of the leading Serbian aphorist

Aleksandar Baljak is, no doubt, the leading Serbian aphorist. In Serbia, due to the social and political conditions, this genre possesses a special significance. This collection is the best book by this author. In this book, Aleksandar Baljak expands the subject of aphoristic literature beyond the boundaries of political life – the most common target in Serbian satiric writings. The author shows a fascinating capability to determine succinctly and accurately the essence of the most complicated political, social and antropological phenomena. His curious, witty and terse definitions are the proof of his ability to compose a dictionary of Serbian political, social and psychological reality.

This collection was awarded Radoje Domanović Prize and Dragiša Kašiković Prize for the satiric literature.

AWARDS: Radoje Domanović Prize, Dragiša Kašiković Prize

Svedski-stoSlobodan Simić, BUFFET MEAL, satiric short stories

2011; 18 xI6 cm; 186 pp; hardcover;

Stories about the unbelievable, absurd and monstruous times in Serbia

The author proves with a new collection that he is a master of satiric short stories, which often have dramatic excitement, with the initial conflict, culmination and unexpected and shocking punch line.

These phantasmagoric and black-humoured stories recount the unbelievable, absurd and monstruous events in a fictive and twisted world, in a dead heat with the miracle and stupidities of our real world.

 
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