After the exceptional success of its 2015 edition, TIM press published the second edition of the award-winning novel The Age of Brass by Slobodan Šnajder. The Age of Brass has won the following awards: Meša Selimović Award, Mirko Kovač Award, Radomir Konstantinović Award, "Kočićevo pero" Award and email@example.com - the award for best Croatian novel.
The Age of Brass is the story of two people who have lived their lives in a time of extremes, and of their descendant who, as not very happy inheritance, had to cope with this fact. Georg and Vera, as they are called in this novel, had, in fact, to a certain point in their lives extremely contrasting biographies. They meet as soon as it was possible without danger, after absolutely everything in the world was against this meeting. Then go different ways, when everything was indicating that they should stay together.
The story is European because it occurred in many versions, bearing witness to the power of ideology which can divide a table and a bed, yesterday and today, also in this century that is not any less marked by extremes. Because of various regards, however, and fear, this story was rarely told to the end.
The Age of Brass is also an epic river with many tributaries, backwaters, driftwood, that has difficulty getting through its estuary. Some may know that the river Bosut is unusual because sometimes it floats to its source. In this novel the sources are to be looked for in a mythical time when the Pied Piper of Hamelin walked the German lands and collected the youth to take it in - Transylvania. Something closer to our time, in the year 1770, a group of German settlers came in Wolkowar during Theresian reforms, and remained in Slavonia. Later they would be called Volksdeutscher. The narration about them gives a broader framework of two individual fates, until the expulsion of "ethnic Germans" in 1945 from Silesia, Sudetenland and Yugoslavia and the disintegration of the latter. The central part of the novel takes place in Poland, probably the most terrible scene of the Second World War. End of the novel belongs to places where the calm and the restless, for which we say that they're dead, go.
Slobodan Šnajder (Zagreb, 1948) graduated Philosophy and English at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb. He was co-founder and long-time editor of the theater journal Prolog. He is active in a variety of genres. He published fiction since 1966. Since 1969 he has worked as a playwright, writing dramatic works continuously, which cannot be said for their performance. He is translated and played abroad.
- ISBN: 978-953-8075-19-3
- Dimensions: 155x240 mm
- Number of pages: 372
- Cover: paperback
- Year of the edition: 2016
By writing a great novel, certainly one of the best in recent history of Croatian literature, the author tried to get rid of layers of heavy and burdensome heritage, but with this experience he also enriched us with new insights that may not be to one's taste. However, if we put the effort and read it, it can (perhaps) make us a better person. Jaroslav Pecnik, Novi list
His novel emerges from the legend and from the legendary past, repeatedly interpreted and superinterpreted family stories just to be quickly transformed into a real, hard and cruel truth of the twentieth century. (...)
This is, without doubt, the most important novel of Croatian literature in the last few years.
Miljenko Jergović, Jutarnji list
The Age of brass is a strong book that requires a concentrated reader, ready to pause and think over the narrative sentences that are actually philosophical thoughts, author's sentiments, it requires a sensitive reader that will recognize the poetic moments and that will agree to the absence of simple and one-way interpretation. In short, The Age of Brass is a serious, solid and very sensitive book. (...)
For readers who, willingly or unwillingly, know the 20th century as a period of extremes, Šnajder's The Age of Brass is in fact a brass age as well as an age even more durable than brass. It is a literary testimony to the possibility of writing after Auschwitz, a writing that is difficult and uncertain, but inevitably intimate and personal without exception.
Andrea Zlatar Violić, Booksa.hr
The Age of Brass, the age of the snake that Moses made by the order of God, is the age of the absence of God; it is the age of an idea in which one is forced to believe and the time of brass idol worshiping. And in this age the worst atrocities take place. (...)
It took "a lifetime" for Šnajder to make "The Age of Brass". Not because of the sensibility of the subject of the German immigrants, for it is no longer the issue. But because "The Age of Brass" is what one calls the author's will, a testamentary novel.
Dragan Jurak, Moderna vremena
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