Rights offering detail :
Jan. 22, 2019
Damir Karakaš
Fiction: General/Other
“Remembering Forest” is a novel comprised of thirty-three short chapters that follow the coming of age of the main character, a boy with a heart condition, in the deep province of the Balkans. This is a book about family and universal deprivation, expensive doctors and veterinarians, who, if need be, treat people too, about village beliefs and sorceries, mean grandfathers and mysterious old ladies, about the harsh life in the hills.

This is a short novel with a poetic tempo, a book about an unusual coming of age in the shadow of a mystery hidden in the body itself. While reading a story of a family, its relationships and interactions with other social elements – village, city and traces of the outer world slowly interferes with the woods and mountains, we can distinguish two worlds. One is the world Karakaš always returns to, the world of the Lika region which acts as an autoreferential intertext. The other one is found in some liminal space between past and myth, reality and symbol. Just like with Ursula K. Le Guin, Karakaš’s word for world is forest.

This title has been nominated for all major literary awards in the region of the former Yugoslavia, winning the most esteemed ones: Kočićevo pero and Fric, the highest financial award hailed “The Croatian Booker”.
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LOM (Serbia), Beletrina (Slovenia), Folio (Germany), Makedonska reč (Macedonia)
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His realism is truly “Hamsunian”, mesmerizing. He uses realistic means to create something that stands beyond realism.
Miljenko Jergović, Jutarnji list, Zagreb, Croatia

“Remembering Forest” is a great novel that comes in a small package, just like “The Damned Yard”, or “L’Étranger”, or “The Winter Summer Holiday”, or… complete the list on your own, it certainly is not going to be too long.
Teofil Pančić, Globus, Zagreb, Croatia
Diana Matulic
Corto Literary
phone: +385 91 4577 409
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