City in the Mirror is a majestic crescendo of Mirko Kovač’s former prose. A contemporary classic, it explores the harsh and beautiful lands of his native region and the destinies of its inhabitants at the crossroads of the Mediterrean and the Balkans. The lead character is a writer who describes his growing up, his family and the landscapes of his childhood. Like the heroes in Kovač’s earlier novels, the narrator is both gentle and at the same time cruel, as are the people of his region.
In City in the Mirror, Kovač slowly reveals the story of one family, and in so doing creates a magnificent dedication to a forgotten time in which miracles were still possible. Principally, this is a novel about a father, and the fathers who can no longer be found. The City in the Mirror as dreamt by the hero of this book is Dubrovnik, a perfect city, at once close and distant, an eternal place of longing and craving.
City in the Mirror is Mirko Kovač’s greatest work, the crown jewel amongst his works, a novel worth waiting for, for in it – the idea that life is what we remember, not what we lived – is brought to the fore.
Kiklop Prize for the best literary work of the year 2008
August Šenoa Award for the best novel 2008
Vladimir Nazor Award 2008
Meša Selimović Award 2008
July 13th Award 2008
Rights sold to:
Turkey, Aylak Adam Kültür Sanat Yayıncılık
Poland, Borderland Foundation, 2013
Slovenia, Cankarjeva založba, 2013
Germany, DuMont, 2011
Macedonia, Blesok, 2011
Belgium, MEO Edition, 2010
Kosovo, Koha, 2010
Italy, Emanuela Zandonai Editore, 2010
Hungary, Magvető, 2010
Serbia, B92, 2009