cuts and scars
By Igor Štiks
Matchmaking Literature and Film 2018
Cuts and Scars
Igor Štiks was born in Sarajevo in 1977. His first novel, "A Castle in Romagna", won the Slavić prize for best first novel in Croatia and was nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for 2006. He also published a novel "Elijah's Chair".
LOGLINE of the book
A torn-up family from an anonymous Balkan town eats dinner for the first time in twenty-five years: during courses of meal one unhappy family is dissolved. What are the consequences of somebody’s violent and tragic death, the result of the merciless war?
synopsis of the book / STORY
One warm evening, after 25 years, the time has come for a family to reunite in a town in the Balkans, which the sons had abandoned long ago, a town once bursting with happiness and prosperity and now overshadowed by the consequences of a recent war. The oldest son Vladimir, a prominent economy professor in the United States, daughter-in-law Helena and grandson David unexpectedly return from Chicago; grandmother Nadia and grandfather Klement cannot wait to finally see them. Another unexpected guest at this family dinner will be the other son Igor, a war reporter, a rootless man who blames himself for the family tragedy.
In the meantime, over the course of 25 years, everything has changed, but the trauma remains and it cannot be deleted neither by the passage of time nor by changing a geographic location. It has become an outlook, a way of thinking, a pattern of behavior, and getting over it painful and full of uncertainty. And this is precisely what the characters have to do in order to get through the night. Like any night, this one also ends with a dawn, but we do not know if it brings a new beginning or only a new separation, just like we cannot know our destiny.
The first motives of this story about a family reunion appeared during my stay in Chicago, where I had been meeting many families coming from the former Yugoslavia among which I noticed a deep generational lack of understanding. The children couldn't completely understand their parents, experience and history they brought to the US. They adopted their mythology from a different part of world, and with it the brutal loss of that world. It seems unfair to inherit all these traumas while you live in the world that has no room for them. This is the novel about all those conflicts that often erupt during family reunions, the emotional and ideological ones – the ideological are necessarily emotional, and the emotional always somehow turn ideological. The past is a boomerang. We have to learn how to catch that looming boomerang to make sure it won't hurt us again and mutilate our future.
pUBLISHER company profile
Fraktura was founded in 2002. We have received over 50 literary honors including awards for the best publisher in Croatia in 2014, the best publisher in region in 2014 and London Book Fair International Excellence Award in 2015. In 2013 Fraktura has begun The World Literature Festival in Zagreb that has turned into one of the most significant yearly manifestations of this kind in the region.
Seid Serdarević is editor-in-chief of Croatian publishing house Fraktura and program director of World Literature Festival. He graduated comparative literature and Czech literature at the University of Zagreb. He was awarded the Croatian prize Kiklop as editor of the year 2007 and in 2015, Fraktura won the London Book Fair International Excellence Award 2015.
MAIN AWARDS / FESTIVALS OF WRITER
The Slavić prize for best first novel in Croatia, nomination for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for 2006, the Gjalski and Kiklop Awards for the best novel in Croatia, the Grand Prix of the 2011 Belgrade International Theatre Festival for the stage adaptation of Elijah’s Chair; honoured with the prestigious French distinction Chevalier des arts et des lettres for his literary and intellectual achievements.
PAST MAIN PUBLICATIONS OF WRITER
"Dvorac u Romagni", (2000.), "Elijahova stolica" (2006), "Pravo na pobunu" (2010.), "Nations and Citizens in Yugoslavia and the Post-Yugoslav States: One Hundred Years of Citizenship" (2015.), "Brašno u venama" (2016.)
MAIN BIBLIOGRAPHY & SELECTION IN MAIN FESTIVALS OF PUBLISHER
Fraktura has published more than 650 books in fifteen years of existence. From the Croatian and regional authors, some of the most relevant titles are Unterstadt by Ivana Šojat, Homeland, Oblivion by Ludwig Bauer, Sonnenschein by Daša Drndić, Viljevo by Luka Bekavac, Bezdan by Josip Mlakić, Elijah’s Chair and A Castle in Romagna by Igor Štiks, Kinship by Miljenko Jergović, The Fox by Dubravka Ugrešić... Fraktura greatly invests in the publishing high-quality translated literature, such as Péter Nádas, Robert Musil, Witold Gombrowitz, David Grossman, Sofi Oksanen, Rita Monaldi and Francesco Sorti, Daniel Kehlmann, Claudio Magris etc.
Fraktura’s authors were awarded with the most important awards such as t.portal award, Prozart award, Njegoš award, EUPL prize, Meša Selimović award, Jutarnji list daily award, Kiklop award, Vladimir Nazor award, Ivan Kozarac, Josip Kozarac award, Ksaver Šandor Đalski award etc.
AUDIOVISUAL RIGHTS HIGHLIGHTS BY PUBLISHER
Elijahova stolica by Igor Štiks (a play, Jugoslovensko dramsko pozorište), Glava velike ribe by Ognjen Sviličić (a film, Interfilm), Unterstadt by Ivana Šojat (a play, HNK Osijek).
Family gathering in a middle-class apartment.
Grandparents Nadia and Klement, sons Igor and Vladimir, Vladimir’s wife Helena, their son David, and long lost son and brother Boris.
PROMOTIONAL MATERIAL AVAILABLE
https://fraktura.hr/rezaliste.html; English Sample Translation
FILM AND TV REFERENCES (Sample films)
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TARGET AUDIENCE AGE
TARGET AUDIENCE PROFILE
The story meets the universal situation relatable to the widest audience profile, not suitable for children.
LOCATIONS IN WHICH STORY TAKES PLACE
Grandparents’ apartment, the roof, the park in front of the building. Authentic story put in a Balkan post-war environment. As a movie, it would deal with heritages and traumas, in form of a clash of different cultures, the Balkan and Western (American) in the youngest character David.
AGE IN WHICH STORY TAKES PLACE
TV (Film and Series) Cinema / Internet / Theatre / Webseries / Musical
AVAILABLE RIGHTS FOR TERRITORIES
Fraktura - Seid Serdarević
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