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A Handful of Sand
A Handful of Sand

A Handful of Sand

By Marinko Koscec, Translated by Will Firth


220 Pages, 5 x 7.75

Formats: Trade Paper, EPUB, Mobipocket

Trade Paper, $15.95 (CA $20.95) (US $15.95)

Publication Date: May 2017

ISBN 9781908236074

Rights: US, CA, SAM & CAR

Istros Books (May 2017)


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Košcec's masterpiece, set against the backdrop of contemporary Croatia, is capacious, life-affirming and sprawling in its themes

A Handful of Sand is a love story and an ode to lost opportunity. Now far from his homeland, the novel's protagonist looks back on his life, from his childhood, university days and first working experience to more intimate emotional events, making critical observations on human relationships and human existence. Interchanging with the chapters written in the narrator's voice are those narrated by a woman. As her story progresses, we realize that she is the love of his life: something that she hopes he will realize before it is too late.


"Combines travelogue, personal reflection and anecdote in a style that brings Peter Handke's work to mind. Relationships, friendships, depression, sex, the nightlife of Zagreb and travels to the West combine in a graceful Bildungsroman set in the wake of the Yugoslav Wars—a rich canvas." —Times Literary Supplement

Author Biography

Marinko Košcec is an editor at the SysPrint Publishing House and teaches writing at the Sarasan Creative Writing Centre. He is the author of five novels: Someone Else (2001) was awarded the Meša Selimovic Prize for the best novel in the region, while A Handful of Sand was nominated for the prestigious Jutarnji List award. Will Firth is a prolific literary translator who focuses on contemporary writing from the Serbo-Croatian speaking countries and Macedonia.