Public Interview with Kristian Novak
Kristian Novak (1979) is one of the best contemporary writers and a rising star of the Croatian literary scene.
Kristian Novak. Photo: Mirko Cvjetko
About the event
Novak's most recent book "Ciganin, ali Najljepši" (Gypsy, but the Fairest of them all), was published in 2016 and won the Book of the Year Prize in Croatia and has been translated into several languages.
In Norway, the novel has been translated by Jon Kværne as "The most beautiful, but gypsy" and published by Cappelen Damm. Dagbladet shortlisted it for the best novel published in Norway in 2021.
In this interview, Damjan Božinović (UiO) will talk with Kristian Novak about the topics that are at the heart of his writing: migration, racism, multilingual writing, borderlands; about the author's writing process and his challenging of genre conventions, as well as about his novels' reception in Croatia and abroad.
The event is public and open to all.
About the novel
"Ciganin, ali Najljepši" has a wide scope, entangling several lives between the rivers Drava and Mura in the northernmost part of Croatia.
It is a book where you'll find ISIS and the 2015 refugee wave, forbidden love between a Croatian woman and a gypsy man, a Croatian Homeland War veteran securing peace in his village, a policeman having schizoid episodes in the dusk of his career, an orgy in a weekend house, theory and practice of theft and fist-fight, splendor of language, thought and emotion.