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A Cat At the End of the World
A Cat At the End of the World

A Cat At the End of the World

Translated by Vesna Maric, By Robert Perišic



376 Pages, 5.5 x 8.25

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $21.95 (US $21.95) (CA $28.95)

Publication Date: November 2022

ISBN 9789533513997

Rights: US, CA, UK & EUR

Sandorf Passage (Nov 2022)

Not Yet Published. Estimated release date: November 2022


"Because something is happening, in the distance, approaching from above and below. Weird holes are appearing. I'm often drawn by a void. And that might be the reason I have started to speak." So says the "Scatterwind," the narrator in Robert Perišic's latest novel, A Cat at the Edge of the World. Defying the realms of time and space, the Scatterwind is a knowing presence throughout this story, which spans from the time of ancient Sparta to our contemporary era. Throughout the book, the Scatterwind is drawn to cats, as these animals living on the border of the wild and the domestic, seem to sense the presence that also straddles modes of existence. Perišic's work has long had an uncanny knack for dynamic, richly layered narratives. With A Cat at the Edge of the World, his unique sensitivity for dropping readers into the point of view of both bodiless spirits and animals, Perišic opens a new door into the historical perspective of how human culture developed over the course of thousands of years with this profound novel that will further solidify his reputation as one of the most exciting and important contemporary writers, not only in Croatia, but in all of Europe.


"Robert Perišic is a light bright with intelligence and twinkling with irony, flashing us the news that postwar Croatia not only endures but matters."—Jonathan Franzen  

"No-Signal Area is a mind-blowing read—a story of crime and heroism in the real-life aftermath of an all-white race war, told with wisdom, sophistication, and passion." —Nell Zink  

"Absurdity permeates Horror and Huge Expenses, an excellent collection of tragicomic short stories . . . Throughout the collection, characters grapple with the collapse of the Soviet Union, the disintegration of Yugoslavia, the violent madness of ethnic nationalism and war, and the chaos of creating new countries and new economies." —Kent Kosak, Asymptote

Author Biography

Vesna Maric was born in Mostar Bosnia-Herzegovina, in 1976 and left at sixteen as part of a convoy of refugees. She went on to work for the BBC World Service and now writes Lonely Planet travel guides, translates literary fiction and non-fiction from Croatian into English, and writes a variety of journalism for publications including the Guardian. Maric's memoir, Bluebird, was published by Granta in 2009, and was longlisted for The Orwell Prize; her first novel, The President Shop, was published by Sandorf Passage in 2021.Robert Perisic was born in Split, Croatia, in 1969. His most widely translated works are the novels Nas covjek na terenu (Our Man in Iraq) and Podrucje bez signala (No-Signal Area), both of which have received international critical acclaim in numerous prestige media outlets, including The New Yorker, The New York Times, NPR's All Things Considered, and The Guardian.