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Three Loves, One Death

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A small family move out to the Slovenian countryside. The plan is to restore and make habitable a large, dilapidated farmhouse. Then the relatives arrive. Theres Cousin Vladimir, a former partisan writing his memoirs, Uncle Vinko, an accountant who would like to raise the largest head of cabbage for the Guinness Book of Records, Aunt Mara and her illegitimate daughter Elisabeth whos bent on losing her virginity. And finally Uncle Schweik, the accidental hero of the war of liberation and who everyone assumed was dead . . . Evald Flisar handles the absurd events that follow like no other writer, making the smallest incidents rich in meaning. The house, the family, their competing instincts and desires, provide an unlikely vehicle for Flisars commentary on the nature of social cohesion and freedom.

Along with Panorama by Dusan Sarotar and None Like Her by Jela Krecic, Three Loves, One Death is part of the three-book World Series from Peter Owen Publishers and Istros Books. Each series brings to light the vibrant and innovative fiction produced in a featured country, offering readers the very best literature in translation.

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