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Jan. 22, 2019
Kristian Novak
International rights: Fiction
“Gypsy, But the Fairest of Them All” by Kristian Novak is strictly speaking a crime novel, with a central enigma of brutal murders of several Johns Doe – because victims without faces are hard to identify – and an overarching investigation. But don’t be too quick to label it, because this is a thriller as much as Crime and Punishment.

“Gypsy” is narrated by four narrators, in truncated transcripts: Milena, the middle-aged returnee to her birthplace; Nuzat, a Kurd from Mosul on his way to Calais; Sandokan nicknamed Sandy – a gypsy from North Croatia, and Plančić – the PR manager for the Zagreb Police Station.
The novel has a wide scope, entangling several lives between the rivers Drava and Mura in the northernmost part of Croatia, and the subject matter it raises is bound to receive more and more attention over the years. It charts two biographies from cradle to grave, it encompasses and reconstructs at least three cultural circles, it creates explosive psychoportraits of the four storytellers and mass psychology of a crowd that threatens to end things violently.
This is a book where you’ll find al-Anfal, Daesh (ISIS) and the refugee wave, forbidden love between a Croatian woman and a gypsy man, a Croatian Homeland War veteran securing peace in his village, a policeman having schizoid episodes in the dusk of his career, an orgy with Moldavians in a weekend house, theory and practice of theft and fist-fight, a spider weaving a web, Internet rage, splendour of language, thought and emotion.
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Hungary (Libri), Norway (Cappelen Damm), Slovenia (Modrijan), Serbia (Književna radionica Rašić), Film and TV Rights (Antitalent)
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"The pinnacle moments in Novak’s fiction, the moments when the reader takes a deep breath and thinks “that’s it, it cannot get any stronger than this” happen in a continuous stream already from page 20, taking us no further, just as life takes us nowhere in, say, Faulkner’s novels which have no entry point or ending." Miljenko Jergović | Author of Sarajevo Marlboro and The Walnut Mansion
Diana Matulic
Corto Literary
phone: +385 91 4577 409
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