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Adios, Cowboy (Paperback)

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    Known mostly as a poet in her native Croatia, Savičević’s uncanny prose pains a vivid picture of life in the Zagreb suburb known as Old Settlement while still keeping it (sometimes frustratingly) at arm's length. Dada, like all of the other characters, is haunted by emotional trauma, both personal and national. Her attempts to answer the questions in the wake of her brother's suicide leads her to confront this trauma head-on, culminating in a chaotic and violent ending. (Dylan)

    — From Dylan

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    A gritty, breakneck debut novel by a popular Croatian writer of the country's lost generation.
    Dada's life is at a standstill in Zagrebshe's sleeping with a married man, working a dead-end job, and even the parties have started to feel exhausting. So when her sister calls her back home to help with their aging mother, she doesn t hesitate to leave the city behind. But she arrives to find her mother hoarding pills, her sister chain-smoking, her long-dead father's shoes still lined up on the steps, and the cowboy posters of her younger brother Daniel (who threw himself under a train four years ago) still on the walls.
    Hoping to free her family from the grip of the past, Dada vows to unravel the mystery of Daniel's final days. This American debut by a poet from Croatia's lost generation explores a beautiful Mediterranean town's darkest alleys: the bars where secrets can be bought, the rooms where bodies can be sold, the plains and streets and houses where blood is shed. By the end of the long summer, the lies, lust, feuds, and frustration will come to a violent and hallucinatory head.

    About the Author


    Olja Savicevic is a poet, writer, and journalist from Split, Croatia. Her first collection of poetry was published when she was only fourteen, and since then she has published six collections of poems, a short story collection, and a novel. She is the recipient of numerous awards, and her writing has been translated into over seventeen languages.

    Celia Hawkesworth taught Serbian and Croatian at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College, London, 19712002. She has published numerous articles and several books on Serbian, Croatian, and Bosnian literature. Her translation of Dubravka Ugresicc "The Museum of Unconditional Surrender" was short-listed for the Weidenfeld Prize for Literary Translation, and "The Culture of Lies" won the Heldt Prize for Translation in 1999. She lives in London."
    Product Details
    ISBN: 9781940450490
    ISBN-10: 1940450497
    Publisher: McSweeney's
    Publication Date: March 1st, 2016
    Pages: 240
    Language: English