|About the Book|
Josef Erdman arrives in Maribor, Slovenia, on the eve of World War II. Though claiming to be a salesman, it soon becomes apparent that Josef has no purpose in the town, and that a newcomer can expect nothing but distrust from the townspeople. MariborMoreJosef Erdman arrives in Maribor, Slovenia, on the eve of World War II. Though claiming to be a salesman, it soon becomes apparent that Josef has no purpose in the town, and that a newcomer can expect nothing but distrust from the townspeople. Maribor is full of tensions that are played out in pub brawls and in the rivalry between the Slovenes and Germans at the top of the social hierarchy. Trying to fit in, Josef soon falls in with a group of engineers and begins an affair with Margarita, the wife of a friend- as Josef lingers without any obvious business, however, he draws the attention of the local police chief, who believes him to be a communist. The longer Josef stays, the more incomprehensible the town becomes, the further he falls, and the less certain he is of his sanity. Against this backdrop of ethnic hatred and personal descent, Josef witnesses the fiery shimmer of the aurora borealis and imagines the town has been set aflame—an omen of the coming of war..About the Authors:Drago Jancar was born in Maribor, Slovenia, in 1948. A former president of the Slovenian PEN Center and a winner of the Preseren Foundation Award, he is currently an editor of the New Review, a cultural journal once at the forefront of the Slovenian dissident movement. He is the author of Mocking Desire.Michael BigginsMICHAEL BIGGINSheads the Slavic and East European Section at the University of Washington Libraries, Seattle. He is the translator of Mocking Desire.