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Farewell Cowboy
Farewell Cowboy

Farewell Cowboy

FICTION

180 Pages, 5 x 7.75

Formats: EPUB, Mobipocket

EPUB, $8.99 (US $8.99) (CA $11.99)

Publication Date: February 2017

ISBN 9781908236586

Rights: CA

Istros Books (Feb 2017)

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Overview

A suicide, a quest for truth, a reason for revenge, and a love story thrown in, all set in a landscape redolent of transient glamor and unrealized small-town dreams

Farewell Cowboy is a taut but poetic novel by one of Croatia's best-known writers. Rich in local color and sentiment, this is the story of 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. In search for clues, Dada meets an array of eccentric characters and passionately falls in love with 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 learns of the betrayal of someone close to her. In her debut novel, Savicevic playfully transposes the genre of a Western into the contemporary world of the Mediterranean, challenging the omnipotent heroes of childhood and questioning what makes a modern-day hero.

Reviews

"The publication of this dazzling, funny and deadly serious novel will bring nourishment to readers hungry for the best new European fiction, and to those wondering where the new generation of post-Yugoslav novelists are." —Guardian

"The humour and sheer anarchy of the action combined with the comic exasperation, unforgettable characters and Dada s wry acceptance of the way life happens to be, make this subversively appealing novel all the more profound; even, unexpectedly, beautiful." —Irish Times

Author Biography

Celia Hawkesworth worked for many years as Senior Lecturer in Serbian and Croatian at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College, London. She has published numerous articles and several books on Serbian, Croatian, and Bosnian literature. Among her many translations are two works by Dubravka Ugrešic; The Museum of Unconditional Surrender, short-listed for the Weidenfeld Prize for Literary Translation; and The Culture of Lies, winner of the Heldt Prize for Translation in 1999. Olja Savicevic is an awarded poet and novelist, and the author of the short story collection Make the Dog Laugh. Her collection of poems, Mamasafari and Other Things, was short-listed for the Kiklop Award for Best Collection.