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The Story of a Man Who Collapsed Into His Notebook

IVANA SAJKO

 

The Story of a Man Who Collapsed Into His Notebook is about departures, childhood, the end of a relationship and the vanishing possibility in today’s world of fleeing to a better place. Written in the first person, each chapter a single sentence, the novel is an internal soliloquy of self-examination, an excavation of a life punctuated by upheaval and loss, hope and disillusionment, ambition and failure.

$24.00

978-953358638-0 Hardback 128 pages

The reader joins the narrator on his journey, both on the train and in his mind—from disjointed memories triggered by his departure from home, through attempts to put his relationships and experiences in some kind of order to find meaning in them and perhaps assign blame, to confronting his most painful memories—finally arriving with him at his destination with a sense of clarity and the possibility of a new beginning.

“… I’ve forgotten how to travel, how to surrender to the favor and misfortune of the rails, how one says goodbye, how long one actually stands facing backward watching Point A swiftly disappearing, and after that how long does he continue standing standing standing . . . I open my notebook, but I have no answer, I write: “traveling from Point A to Point B, from a little seaside town to Berlin, I gaze out the window at the unfinished houses on the outskirts, warehouses in the industrial zone, stunted trees along the river with plastic bags hanging from their branches like bats …”

Published as part of the Growing Together project, co-financed by the European Union.

Translated, from the Croatian, by Rachael Daum.

 

Distributed in association with The Irish Pages Press

“Sajko teases out the mental state and personal history of the protagonist, posing departure as a major theme that serves as a touchstone not only for our region [of Southeastern Europe] but also for the times we are living in.”
Antonela Marušić, Novosti

“This is a stylistically superb novel, very readable. …And although this is a deeply personal text, it functions much more broadly, giving expression to the experiences, doubts, fears and all things encountered not only by this one, but a whole series of generations.”
Matija Prica, booksa.hr

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About The Author

Ivana Sajko is an awarded writer, theatre director and performer, working in the overlapping fields of literature, performance art and music, living in Berlin. She is a four-time winner of the national playwriting award Marin Držić, decorated also with the Chevalier de l’ordre des Arts et Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture. She won the prestigious award Haus der Kulturen der Welt with the translator Alida Bremer for the German edition of the book Ljubavni roman, titled Liebesroman. Ivana Sajko’s works have been translated into numerous languages and performed internationally. Her books include a collection of plays Executed Faces (Smaknuta lica, 2001), trilogy of monologues Woman-bomb (Žena bomba, 2004), novels Rio bar (2005) and History of my family from 1941 till 1991, and beyond (Povijest moje obitelji od 1941 do 1991, i nakon, 2009), collection of plays Trilogy on Disobedience (Trilogija o neposluhu, 2012), Love Novel (Ljubavni roman, 2015). In 2004. she published CD Mass for election day silence together with American composers David Simons and Lisa Karer.

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About The Author

Ivana Sajko is an awarded writer, theatre director and performer, working in the overlapping fields of literature, performance art and music, living in Berlin. She is a four-time winner of the national playwriting award Marin Držić, decorated also with the Chevalier de l’ordre des Arts et Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture. She won the prestigious award Haus der Kulturen der Welt with the translator Alida Bremer for the German edition of the book Ljubavni roman, titled Liebesroman. Ivana Sajko’s works have been translated into numerous languages and performed internationally. Her books include a collection of plays Executed Faces (Smaknuta lica, 2001), trilogy of monologues Woman-bomb (Žena bomba, 2004), novels Rio bar (2005) and History of my family from 1941 till 1991, and beyond (Povijest moje obitelji od 1941 do 1991, i nakon, 2009), collection of plays Trilogy on Disobedience (Trilogija o neposluhu, 2012), Love Novel (Ljubavni roman, 2015). In 2004. she published CD Mass for election day silence together with American composers David Simons and Lisa Karer.

Weight 325 g
Dimensions 210 × 148 × 12 mm