An entirely fascinating view of my novel The Fourth Circle:
The story is comprised of individual streams which, at first, appear to have nothing in common. An individual walking on an empty planet. An AI in a remote temple in a wild jungle. Echoes of historical figures; Archimedes, Nikolas Tesla, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. A species of spheres. A giant ring of living electricity in space. Poor frightened painter’s assistant. Some streams uncurl for the length of the book, others surfacing only briefly to counterpoint those coming before and following after. There are familiar things unfurled, exotic things, exciting things, whimsical things, ordinary things, odd things, and for some time each of these fragments appear unrelated to the others. They are in different times and different places with no hope of ever crossing, so how then do the threads tie together?
Each vignette is a masterpiece on its own, however. At the end of each chapter, I was equal parts joy at returning to a stream, and irritation at departing from the last. They are all of them utterly fascinating, beautifully crafted and with such diversity that there is no chance for the reader to get tired, or become glutted on the book. With the constant contrast and variety, every chapter is something new and refreshing.
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It has just been announced that agent John Jarrold has sold World English-language limited-edition rights for Zoran’s new novel The Ghostwriter to Peter Crowther of PS Publishing in the UK; the book is scheduled for publication in 2010. This is in addition to Impossible Stories 2 (another mega-collection that will gather together Compartments, Four Stories Till the End, and Amarcord), as well as the full-length novel Escher’s Loops, both of which will be published by PS later in 2009.
With these recent developments, I thought it would be a good idea to update everyone on Zoran’s other titles at PS Publishing, both current and forthcoming.
The Writer, The Book, The Reader: collection, mid-2009 (forthcoming)
The Bridge: novella, early 2009 (now available!)
The Last Book: novel, March 2008
Twelve Collections and the Teashop: double-novella, June 2007
Impossible Stories: mega-collection, April 2006 (low stock, only 10 copies or less!)
What this means is that as of 2010, with the only exceptions of The Fourth Circle and Hidden Camera, PS Publishing will have released all of Zoran’s fiction to date in English, either individually or collected in mega-collections, all of which are beautifully produced. This is quite a remarkable achievement, and something to be celebrated.
:-Jason Erik Lundberg, webmaster
I am glad to let you know that I am invited to give an extensive lecture on my prose writing at the Institute for Slavic Studies of the Karl-Franzens University in Graz, Austria, 20th to 22nd April.
Following are the photos of the launch of The Ghostwriter in the city of Subotica, located in northern Serbia.
On the evening of 11th February, my new novel The Ghostwriter was launched in downtown Belgrade. Not even the icy rain could have discouraged the rather large audience…
Below are photos from the event, as well the promotional poster announcing the launch. Please click each image to enlarge.
Reviews for several of Zoran’s books have been rolling in over the past two months. Apologies for the lack of updates; my day job as a schoolteacher took over my life for a while. Postings should be more regular from now on. –JEL, webmaster
The Last Book:
FOCUS Online (German)
Funkhaus Europa (German)*
Neue Zürcher Zeitung (Swiss)
Die Rheinpfalz (German)
Nordwest Zeitung (German)
The Writer / The Book / The Reader:
Escher’s Loops and The Ghostwriter:
Seven Touches of Music:
The Fourth Circle:
Reading the Leaves
* This review mistakenly identifies the author as the former Prime Minister of Serbia, who has the same name. As Zoran says, “Sooner or later, it was bound to happen.”