Nominated by:

Belgrade City Library, Serbia

Publisher of nominated edition:

Geopoetika Publishing, Serbia

Very Little Light

Vladan Matijevic      

Translated from the Serbian by Persida Bošković

2016 Longlist

This three-part novel tells the stories of three seemingly very different characters whose crises bring them home with the hope of restoring their weary souls. The reader’s task is to see through their language of, more or less, disturbed minds, which is not easy although highly rewarding. A schizophrenic art historian, an alcoholic, former minister, and a student of philosophy who cannot distinguish reality from dreams, are the unreliable narrators that confront us with their fuzzy worldviews given in a bitter-sweet, harsh and humorous tone. Using some of the more interesting techniques of the writer’s craft, Matijević’s masterful narrative structure, combined with modern sensibility, restores our faith in the power of art.

(from publisher)

About the Author

Vladan Matijević, a novelist, poet, playwright, essayist, entered the Serbian literary scene in the last decade of the 20th century, with his first book of poetry Not Disturbing the Havoc. Three years later, his first novel, Out of Control was published. He has received all the major Serbian literary awards: the Ivo Andrić Award in 2000, for Quite Dead; the NIN Award for his novel Writer from Afar; as well as Awards: “Meša Selimović”, “Isidora Sekulić”, and “Borisav Staković” for his novel Very Little Light. His life and literature are recorded in two documentary films. He works at the Nadežda Petrović Art Gallery in Čačak.

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