There Would Not Be Any Miracles Here
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Waste land, void, the return to no-man's-land, disintegration and the departure from history represent only some of the large topics encompassed by There Would Not Be Any Miracles Here, the first novel written by Goran Ferčec, one of the most talented playwrights of the younger generation. Bender, the protagonist, is a young intellectual facing an identity crisis in the western metropolis the name of which the reader does not learn, where he has settled down during the wars in these parts of the world. An escapist running away form not only the past but everyday life as well, he is loaded with self-doubt. While being in such an entirely damaged position, an unexpected call from his father prompts him to return to his home country, to the village he has originated from, where after the ravages of war almost no one lives any more. The return from the urban anti-utopian reality to the rural waste land does not take place only on the realistic, physical level of the journey, but also, in an even more evident manner, in the protagonist's consciousness. His conflict with himself, his own demons, and his father, as well as the inability to escape his own fate, lead him towards the utter negation of reality.
There Would Not Be Any Miracles Here is one of those novels posing real questions, although simultaneously not providing any answers because they do not even exist. Ferčec's protagonist Bender is an emblematic contemporary intellectual who can only search, and in this search completely disappear because the consequences of wars, transition and contemporary life are such that they leave a contemplating individual with no perspective save the sheer void, which may be, but not necessarily, the starting point of the creation of the new.
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Macedonia, Ikona, 2013