Rights offering detail :
Jan. 22, 2019
Aleš Čar
Fiction: General/Other
Families have always been the best place for those small everyday hells that, behind a carefully preserved
facade of the apparent normality and harmlessness, mercilessly and in all sorts of ways elixate
their members down to nothing. In the novel the narrator – a member of the family but not in the
center of happening – tries to pull together the pieces of several generations of his family history.
This is triggered by an event that might seem harmless: the visit of an aunt with whom no one had been in
touch for years; yet this visit makes the whole construction of the family go completely off the rails, especially
the world of the grandfather and his daughter (the aunt). The main story centers on these two characters.

The novel is a sort of a family album whereas its pictures show horrible things. It is also a chronicle of
a family of three generations and as such delves into the historical context of the 20th century as well
as it reflects various intimate relationships between the individuals within the family.
The grandfather served in four different armies, flags and uniforms, and once the atrocities of the
war come to an end he thinks a peaceful life waits ahead, but this is only the beginning of the
whole array of problems, challenges and tribulations brought to the surface by love on the intimate
family level, as the writer introduces in a very refined way Grandpa’s five daughters into the story.
His first daughter proves that love can build you a house, but the ‘golden cage’ that was supposed to
provide a roof over the heads of three generations, soon starts turning into a ,hellish trap’. Suddenly
tolerability, so plain and so human in every respect, rather than shear luck, repeatedly shown to be
an illusion, becomes the skill required to survive.
Rights available:
Rights sold:
Croatia (V.B.Z.), Serbia (Zavet)
Other Information:
The novel consists of inner elements that rotate and intertwine constantly. It is as a long poem in prose
dealing with issues that we usually keep silent. Aleš Čar wrote a great novel.

A fearful, monumental work of Aleš Čar.
Diana Matulic
Corto Literary
phone: +385 91 4577 409
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