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Farewell, Cowboy
Farewell, Cowboy

Farewell, Cowboy


180 Pages, 5 x 7.75

Trade Paper, $16.95 (US $16.95) (CA $22.95)

Publication Date: March 2020

ISBN 9781908236395

Rights: US, CA & SAM

Istros Books (Mar 2020)

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A tough yet poetic novel by one of Croatia's best known writers

Rich in local color and sentiment, this story follows Dada, who returns to her home town on the Adriatic coast in order to unravel the mystery of her brother Daniel's death. Daniel, although young, smart, and popular, threw himself under a train in mysterious circumstances a few years earlier. In her search for clues, Dada meets an array of eccentric characters and succumbs to the charms of the young gigolo Angelo, who is a part of a film crew shooting a Western on the nearby "prairie." Slowly and painfully she discovers all there is to know about her brother's death, and how Angelo was caught up in it. In her debut novel, Savicevic transposes the genre of a traditional Western drama onto the contemporary world, challenging the heroes of childhood and questioning what constitutes heroism today. Her shabby seaside hometown provides the perfect backdrop for this tale of loss and redemption, redolent of transient glamour and unrealized small-town dreams.


"In Dada's wild amalgam of quest story, social satire, and comic shtick (plus a surreal film-shoot scene featuring cowboys), you won't catch Savicevic offering tidy diagnoses. You won't care, thanks to prose that glints like the sea in the distance." â€â€Atlantic

"Reminiscent of Renata Adler or Lorrie Moore: breathtakingly brilliant with comedy made especially sharp through ubiquitous, underlying tragedy." â€â€Rumpus

Author Biography

Olja Savicevic is one of the best Croatian contemporary authors and a representative of the so called "lost generation." Politically and socially engaged, her writing has been translated into German, Czech, Italian, Spanish, Slovenian, French, English, Slovak, Macedonian, Polish, Bulgarian, Hungarian, Romanian, Ukrainian, Lithuanian, Albanian and the Zulu language. Celia Hawkesworth has published several books on Serbian, Croatian, and Bosnian literature. Among her many translations are two works by Dubravka Ugrešic, one of which was short-listed for the Weidenfeld Prize for Literary Translation, and one which won the Heldt Prize for Translation.