Zagreb Noir (Akashic Noir) (Paperback)
A must-read book by Croatian authors available in English. A collection of crime stories set across Zagreb, each one by a different Croatian writer.
--Time Out (Croatia)
Zagreb, Croatia--its culture and its touchstones--will be terra incognita for many U.S. readers...Notable is Nora Verde's 'She-Warrior, ' in which a young woman's carefully planned anarchist activities are smacked down by a triple helping of reality.
The stories shed light on a sickness that stirs within society's boundaries. Readers will easily glean that this sickness is not exclusive to Zagreb. Srsen reveals the ugly truth about human nature that burrows under the surface in war-torn countries.
Zagreb's noirish underbelly comes from a new nation familiar with both war and war crimes. Mr. Srsen's handpicked selections are anything but ordinary.
--New York Journal of Books
An inherently fascinating and entertaining read from beginning to end.
--Midwest Book Review
These stories]...do have the flavor of what the country and its people are like.
--Journey of a Bookseller
Akashic Books continues its groundbreaking series of original noir anthologies, launched in 2004 with Brooklyn Noir. Each story is set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the city of the book.
Featuring brand-new stories translated from Croatian by: Ivan Vidic, Josip Novakovich, Andrea Zigic-Dolenec, Robert Perisic, Mima Simic, Pero Kavesic, Nada Gasic, Zoran Pilic, Ruzica Gasperov, Darko Milosic, Nora Verde, Ivan Srsen, Neven Usumovic, and Darko Macan.
Eastern European history is filled with noir-ish and harrowing tales, and Zagreb, the capital city of Croatia, certainly has its fill. Editor Srsen has curated a diverse, powerful, and dramatic group of stories that offer tremendous insight into the perspectives of contemporary Croatians.
About the Author
Ivan Srsen is an editor, translator, and writer. In 2007 he started the Zagreb-based independent publisher Sandorf, presenting quality nonfiction in translation and ex-Yugoslavian fiction writers. He published a novel, Harmattan, and a collection of short stories, Fairy Tales from the Coffee Machine. He has translated a range of authors from English to Croatian including Frank Zappa, Henry Rollins, and Robert Graves. He lives in Zagreb, Croatia.