Salvation and Other Disasters: Short Stories

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Graywolf Press, 1998 - Fiction - 203 pages
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"Like brilliant flashes of exploding artillery, many of Josip Novakovich's wonderful stories illuminate the (ordinary and extraordinary, blameless and evil, unique and exemplary) lives torn apart by the most recent Balkan conflict. These powerful and affectionate tales come rushing in off the battlefield to bring us shocking news about ourselves, at peace and at war."--Francine Prose
Award-winning writer Josip Novakovich brings his own particular blend of village wit and urban sophistication to this collection of stories, some fabulist and absurd, some charged with the realities and politics of war-torn Croatia. A darkly ironic voice emerges in these provocative tales, filled with grim energy, sly amusement, and often nightmarish situations. Following his critically acclaimed previous titles, "Yolk" and "Apricots from Chernobyl," "Salvation and Other Disasters" shows us once again why "Kirkus Reviews" said, "[It] should be a source of some national pride, that Novakovich is now an American writer."

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A varied and absorbing collection of 16 stories by the Croatian-American author of Apricots from Chernobyl (not reviewed) and Yolk (1995). The influences of Kafka, Isaac Bashevis Singer, and Bruno ... Read full review


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Josip Novakovich's stories have appeared in many publications, including The Paris Review, TriQuarterly, and Ploughshares. He teaches at Pennsylvania State University and lives near State College, Pennsylvania.

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