W

  • Original language: Croatian

  • Pages: 320

  • Date of Publication: October 2019.

  • ISBN: 978-953358167-5

  • Type of Binding: hardback

  • Weight: 420 g

Igor Štiks is a Parisian leftist intellectual who after more than twenty-five years comes to the Adriatic again for the reading of Walter Stikler’s will. He was a conservative French philosopher, killed on a Dalmatian island under unexplained circumstances. There he meets the seductive activist Tessa Simon. In Walter’s house the two of them gradually get to know each other and the cryptic, thrilling and stunning story about Walter who from a 68 leftist became the leading rightist thinker, and his friend Wladimir, the most influential militant leftist, whose terrorist facture always showed a portion of irony; he continues to inspire all contemporary young rebels.

The story of Walter and Wladimir opens before Igor and Tessa as a suspenseful political thriller of the contemporary European history that leads us into different nooks of the Continent. In order to learn all the details and uncover the secrets the two of them must go to Igor’s and Walter’s native town of Sarajevo. Entangled into the turmoil of history, through their investigation they will not only solve the mystery of Walter’s death, but also Tess’s birth and Igor’s personal history.

The new novel by Igor Štiks, W, is a page turner. Written in the manner of best Scandinavian thrillers and masterful plotting, full of intrigues and reversals, W offers us a cross-section through the last half of the century of the international left, its struggles, lapses and dead ends. This novel, which in its atmosphere and style reminds of Paul Auster or Javier Cercas, exciting like the TV series Babylon Berlin, will leave no one indifferent.

"W is a novel about the inevitability of struggle and love, about the necessity of storytelling. Through the turmoil of historical events and the curse of geography, narration glides like cutting edge." Tomislav Bogdan

W is a Don Quixote of our time. His antagonist is the modern capitalist civilization. W sets traps, land mines that destroy the enemy. However, like in a fairy tale, the hero cuts the dragon’s head off, but it grows three new ones. We must ask ourselves whether the struggle makes sense if there are more and more dragon heads. It does, because it more clearly shows that the adversary is a monster.” Boris Liješević

“Ready, steady, go! Fasten your seatbelts. W is a crazy drive full of all kinds of reversals, roll-overs and deceits." Ellen Elias Bursać

RIGHTS SOLD TO:
Bulgaria, Iztok-Zapad Publishing
Serbia, Kontrast
North Macedonia, Magor

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