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the children of patras

By Zoran Ferić

Cortoliterary

Matchmaking Literature and Film 2018

ORIGINAL TITLE

Djeca Patrasa

english titlE

The Children of Patras

 

 

 

WRITER

Zoran Feric

 Zoran Feric

Zoran Feric

WRITERS BIO

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.

WRITERs statement

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.

pUBLISHERS bio

 Diana Matulić

Diana Matulić

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)

Project type

Feature Film

genre

Drama / Life Story / Story / Comedy / Fiction

SETTING

Contemporary Zagreb, upper town, high-school

languages

English, German, Italian

main characters

Stanislav Bernstein, a teacher / Marina Brek, a student

PROMOTIONAL MATERIAL AVAILABLE

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FILM AND TV REFERENCES (Sample films)

Homo Faber, Volker Schlöndorff

TARGET AUDIENCE AGE

45-55

TARGET AUDIENCE PROFILE

Audience from 30-65, mostly educated, middle class

LOCATIONS IN WHICH STORY TAKES PLACE

Greece, Croatia

AGE IN WHICH STORY TAKES PLACE

2000-2010

AVAILABLE RIGHTS

TV (Film and Series)

AVAILABLE RIGHTS FOR TERRITORIES

Global

represented by

Cortoliterary - Diana Matulić

OTHER DOCUMENTS

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