the children of patras
By Zoran Ferić
Matchmaking Literature and Film 2018
The Children of Patras
Considered as one of the best Croatian contemporary writers whose work has been translated to a dozen of languages. He writes short stories and novels and has received all Croatian major literary awards while at the same time his books are bestsellers.
LOGLINE of the book
A story about the love between a forty year old high-school teacher and an ill seventeen year old schoolgirl. Although provocative it's the story about true love; the kind of “funny” or strange one that transcends boundaries, questions moral laws, constantly mocking the tragic nature of death.
synopsis of the book / STORY
The story focuses on professor Stanislav Bernstein , a man going through midlife crisis and the breakdown of a marriage. In this “infantile state”, he finds himself falling in love with ill third grade high-school girl in the school in which he works. What makes this novel tragicomic is an immature forty year old man grasping after what could be the last flame of love, and an extremely mature young woman who sometimes acts like his mother. Illness has made her mature early and made her outlook on life realistic, whereas midlife crisis has turned him into an over-aged teenager. During a graduation trip to Greece, they wander through the Agora, making love in a hotel in Omonia square and hiding their relationship from students and colleagues. This love is not incestuous as in Frisher’s novel Homo Faber, even though it possesses something of true Greek tragedy.
The Children of Patras has been translated into German, Italian and Slovenian. In Croatia, it was published four times by Jutarnji List, Profil International and V.B.Z. The book was shortlisted for the Jutarnji List Award and the Kiklop Prize in the Novel of the Year category.
By the agreement with Corto Literary Agency, the author gives his consent that the agency will represent his work in his best interest.
pUBLISHER company profile
Corto Literary Agency is the only literary agency in Croatia specialized in international rights sales. It represents the best Croatian and a number of authors from South-Eastern Europe worldwide. As a co-agent the agency represents foreign publishers, literary agencies and authors, mostly from United States, United Kingdom, Sweden, Germany, France, Israel, Spain and South America.
Diana Matulić is a literary agent and editor with a longstanding experience in publishing and agenting business. For ten years she have worked as a foreign literature editor at largest and most prominent Croatian publishing companies in order to open her own literary agency, the first in Croatia, in 2016. with a vision to broader global readership with the finest voices from the SE region.
MAIN AWARDS / FESTIVALS OF WRITER
Kiklop Award, Jutarnji List Award, Vladimir Nazor Award, Fran Galović Award, Ksaver Šandor Gjalski Award
PAST MAIN PUBLICATIONS OF WRITER
Mišolovka Walta Disneya (1996), zbirka priča Quattro stagioni (1998), izbor priča
Smrt djevojčice sa žigicama (2002), roman Otpusno pismo (2003), non-fiction
Djeca Patrasa (2005), roman
Simetrija čuda (2007), sabrana proza
Kalendar Maja (2011), roman
Apsurd je zarazna bolest (2012), zbirka kolumni Na osami blizu mora (2015)
MAIN BIBLIOGRAPHY & SELECTION IN MAIN FESTIVALS OF PUBLISHER
The novel has been presented to international publishers and agents at London, Frankfurt, Prague and Belgrade book fairs.
AUDIOVISUAL RIGHTS HIGHLIGHTS BY PUBLISHER
Circus Columbia (2010, dir. Danis Tanović)
Drama / Life Story / Story / Comedy / Fiction
Contemporary Zagreb, upper town, high-school
English, German, Italian
Stanislav Bernstein, a teacher / Marina Brek, a student
PROMOTIONAL MATERIAL AVAILABLE
FILM AND TV REFERENCES (Sample films)
Homo Faber, Volker Schlöndorff
TARGET AUDIENCE AGE
TARGET AUDIENCE PROFILE
Audience from 30-65, mostly educated, middle class
LOCATIONS IN WHICH STORY TAKES PLACE
AGE IN WHICH STORY TAKES PLACE
TV (Film and Series)
AVAILABLE RIGHTS FOR TERRITORIES
Cortoliterary - Diana Matulić
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