Nominated by:

Mestna knjižnica Ljubljana, Slovenia

Publisher of nominated edition:

Istros Books, UK

None Like Her

Jela Krečič    

Translated from the Slovene by Olivia Hellewell

Matjaž is fearful of losing his friends over his obsession with his ex-girlfriend. To prove that he has moved on from his relationship with her, he embarks on an odyssey of dates around Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. In this comic and romantic tale a chapter is devoted to each new encounter and adventure. The women he selects are wildly different from one another, and the interactions of the characters are perspicuously and memorably observed.

Their preoccupations – drawn with coruscating dialogue – will speak directly to Generation Y, and in Matjaž, the hero, Jela Krečič has created a well-observed crypto-misogynist of the twenty-first century whose behaviour she offers up for the reader’s scrutiny.

About the author

Jela Krečič Žižek is a Slovene journalist, columnist and philosopher. She writes for the largest national newspaper Delo, where she notably published an exclusive interview with Julian Assange in 2013. Her philosophical research focuses on films, TV series and aesthetics, and she has conducted several studies on these topics. She has also co-edited a number of anthologies on contemporary TV series and on the German American film director, Ernst Lubitsch. Her essay was published in the English anthology Lubitsch Can’t Wait. None Like Her, her literary début, sold out quickly after its publication and was very well received in the media.

(from publisher)

Librarian’s comments

None Like Her is a refreshing, witty tale about searching for love in the twenty-first century. The main characters memorably observe galleries of puzzled young people, trying to find their perfect match in the urban milieu. The interactions of the characters and their preoccupations are represented with lively, sparkling dialogue and spiced with humor for the generation of the new millennium.

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