Portrait in Ice

  • Original language: Croatian

  • Pages: 544

  • Date of Publication: December 2018.

  • ISBN: 978-953358018-0

  • Type of Binding: hardback

  • Format: 225 mm

  • Weight: 760 g

In rock concerts of greatest international stars in Germany and then all over Europe a series of girl murders takes place. The experienced Cologne police inspector Thomas Schweiner was the first to suspect a serial killer ready for anything; he became the inspector’s obsession, a killer he had been after for longer than a decade, since the end of the 80s and the concert of the band “Whitesnake”. The traces lead the inspector to Bosnia and Herzegovina, into the turmoil of war, where new friendships will come about, but also many unexpected betrayals. Portrait in Ice begins like a suspenseful thriller, it develops into a war novel and ends like a dystopia, but it is in the first place a story about two brothers, about their completely opposite characters and their friends from a small Bosnian city with whom they share their fate.

Josip Mlakić masterfully and seamlessly connects the topics he is obsessed with and writes a magnificent, almost biblical story in which tenderness and roughness go hand in hand, in which both miracles and indescribable atrocities happen. Portrait in Ice is a novel where incredible mathematical problems and brutal murders, war crimes and valuable paintings intertwine, harmonizing life’s injustice and bringing chaos into order that can be only created by love.

Portrait in Ice is a post-apocalyptic bildungsroman. Portrait in Ice is apocalypse (in the genre sense of the word). Portrait in Ice is another war novel by Mlakić. Best again.” Miljenko Jergović

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  1. Nagrada Fra Martin Nedić za Nagrada Fra Martin Nedić za "Skicu u ledu" Josip Mlakić dobitnik je književne nagrade Fra Martin Nedić za 2019. godinu za roman Skica u ledu.  Nagradu, koja se sastoji od plakete i novčanog iznosa, od 2010. dodjeljuje Zaklada Terra Tolis iz Tolise, a ustanovljena je kako bi se očuvalo sjećanje na život i djelovanje prvoga ilirca iz Bosne fra Martina Nedića (1810.–1895.).  Ove godine na natječaj je stiglo 40 djela iz BiH i Hrvatske. Uz prvu na