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Fairground Magician
Fairground Magician

Fairground Magician


166 Pages, 5 x 7.75

Formats: Trade Paper, EPUB, Mobipocket

Trade Paper, $13.95 (CA $18.95) (US $13.95)

Publication Date: January 2016

ISBN 9781908236104

Rights: US, CA, SAM & CAR

Istros Books (Jan 2016)


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A witty, wonderful collection of short stories with a distinctly feminine, erotic flavor

This collection features stories about love fulfilled and unfulfilled, about things that are visible in the everyday world and values that are perceptible only at exceptional moments. The narration moves from apparent realism to other genres, such as crime fiction, the thriller, and erotic prose. Memories, intimations, and premonitions are infused in these stories with a tranquility that accepts what fate brings, even when, as in the stories Pockets Full of Stones or Nosedive, efforts are made to change it. Lengold uses eroticism as a natural ingredient of human life, as an integrated tension consisting of two inseparable aspects—body and soul—energizing stories like Love Me Tender, Fairground Magician, Zugzwang, Wanderings, and Aurora Borealis. Lengold is a lucid observer of minute details and subtle emotional shifts. In stories like It Could Have Been Me, Shadow, or Ophelia, Get Thee to a Nunnery, she manages to leap over the wall between the bodily surface and the human interior in a very distinctive way. No matter how common the situations she depicts—whether it be broken marriages, unfulfilled expectations, or the motives of forlorn lovers—Lengold is constantly searching for the authentic, finding it within the sophisticated irony which is a trademark of her fiction.


"Fairground Magician is a wonderful collection of short stories. Sensuous, charming, witty and urbane, Jelena Lengold's stories of complex relationships and passions are both highly literary and highly readable. This collection has already won a number of European prizes: it deserves to be discovered and treasured." —Vesna Goldsworthy, author, Chernobyl Strawberries

"Fairground Magician is a collection of thirteen tales revolving around the various faces of the Gods of love, whether this is Eros, who represents love, sexual passion and naughty thoughts or Yue-Lao, who binds two people together with an invisible red string - it doesn t matter, they will find themselves reflected within this book's pages." —Parrish Lantern

Author Biography

Jelena Lengold is a storyteller, novelist, and poet. She has published five books of poetry, the novel Baltimor, and four books of stories, including Rain-soaked Lions, Lift, and The Fairground Magician. She has been represented in several anthologies of poetry and stories, and her works have been translated into several languages. Lengold worked as a journalist and an editor for 10 years in the cultural department of Radio Belgrade. She currently works as a project coordinator in the Conflict Management program of Nansenskolen Humanistic Academy in Lillehammer, Norway.