By Viktorija Božina
Matchmaking Literature and Film 2018
Viktorija Božina (1990) has obtained BA in Croatian language and literature at University of Zadar. Her short stories were published on portals arteist.hr, avlija.me and blacksheep.rs. Viktorija is studying in the USA and she published her first novel 'Turbofolk' in 2018.
LOGLINE of the book
A girl from a small Dalmatian town Benkovac is struggling with harsh economic reality of Croatia and decides to pursue her dreams in USA, discovering her bisexuality on the way.
synopsis of the book / STORY
The novel follows the coming-of-age story of a girl who leaves her hometown Benkovac to study in Zadar. Božina, through her authentic narrative lens, speaks about robbing of deserted Serbian homes, harsh economic reality, politics, local mentality, everyday and nightlife of citizens of Benkovac and Zadar. Evoking current economic and migration events, the main character Amelie, like many other from her generation, goes to live abroad, being perfectly aware that her country has nothing to offer her.
The original manuscript was about hundred pages longer and the editor Ivan Vidak and I struggled with a decision about the ending of the novel. We came up with the title thanks to the Rambo Amadeus' song of the same name, which reflects the core of turbofolk, like the novel itself.
pUBLISHER company profile
Sandorf Publishing is registered as Sandorf Publishing and Literary Agency in 2007 and it consists of two sections – publishing and literary agency. From the very beginning Sandorf wanted to engage in independent publishing so the publishing plan for each year consists of twenty titles the editors consider necessary to release.
Ivan Sršen (born 1979) was born in Zagreb, where he finished university in 2004, receiving Masters degree in History and Linguistics. He is a head of an independent publishing house Sandorf, but also an editor, translator, writer and literary agent who has been in the publishing business ever since he was working in an independent bookstore while in college to earn for his spare time travels.
MAIN AWARDS / FESTIVALS OF WRITER
No previous works published.
PAST MAIN PUBLICATIONS OF WRITER
No previous works published.
MAIN BIBLIOGRAPHY & SELECTION IN MAIN FESTIVALS OF PUBLISHER
In October 2011 Sandorf and its Serbian co-publisher Red Box received the Special Award of the Belgrade Intl. Book Fair for 2011 for the joint project of Croatian translation of 'Gay Life and Culture: A World History' by R. Aldrich.
In 2016 Sandorf published new novels by a number of Croatian authors who won most important national literary awards (O. Savičević, T. Gromača, M. Koščec, R. Perišić, etc.). In 2017 five novels were shortlisted for the main national literary awards. 'Sjećanje šume' by Damir Karakaš won biggest literary award 'Fric'.
AUDIOVISUAL RIGHTS HIGHLIGHTS BY PUBLISHER
Novel / Life Story / Coming of Age / Romance
The main part of the story takes place in the coastal towns Benkovac and Zadar where the main character is living and studying in the crisis-stricken Croatia in 2010's. A small part of the story takes place in New York and Massachusetts.
Croatian, English, German, French
Amelie, Betty Blue, Cvita, Krešo, Adele, Prof. Škifić
PROMOTIONAL MATERIAL AVAILABLE
Turbofolk is a mature, impressive, funny and smart novel about studying in Zadar, author's roots from Benkovac, female friendship, life and love, Betty Blue and prof. Škifić, Croatian everyday life where students try to improve their low life standard in the 'country of knowledge' by working at seasonal low paid jobs. - Siniša Kekez, Slobodna Dalmacija
FILM AND TV REFERENCES (Sample films)
The movie 'American Honey' by Andrea Arnold depicts young people of the same social status as Turbofolk's protagonists.
FIND OUT MORE
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TARGET AUDIENCE AGE
TARGET AUDIENCE PROFILE
Young adults and students working at low paid jobs but who want to pursue their dreams.
LOCATIONS IN WHICH STORY TAKES PLACE
Zadar, Benkovac, Biograd, Massachusetts, New York, Split, Beaufort
AGE IN WHICH STORY TAKES PLACE
TV (Film and Series) Cinema / Internet / Theatre / Webseries / Musical
AVAILABLE RIGHTS FOR TERRITORIES
Sandorf - Ivan Sršen
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