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Head Full of Joy

Ognjen Spahic Will Firth

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Dalkey Archive Press
30 November 2018
Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945); Science fiction; Short stories; Fiction in translation; Short Stories Sci-Fi; Dystopia; Urban Sci-Fi; Vampires Fantasy
Winner of the European Union Prize for Literature. This collection of sixteen stories takes us on an eccentric tour of contemporary existence. A lonely man rants about everything under the sun, including the sun itself. A vampire recounts the history and travails of the Balkans' bloodsucking community. A grief-stricken widower leads his son on a frantic search through the night. A husband and his pregnant wife argue, in Raymond Carver-like fashion, over whether Carver's stories will have a negative influence on the baby. In prose rich with Nabokovian detail and barroom humor, Spahic paints a portrait of a world so strange, it could only exist in the twenty-first century.
By:   Ognjen Spahic
Translated by:   Will Firth
Imprint:   Dalkey Archive Press
Country of Publication:   United States
ISBN:   9781628972733
ISBN 10:   1628972734
Pages:   305
Publication Date:   30 November 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Ognjen Spahic is a Montenegrin writer who has published two collections of short stories and a novel about the end of reality, entitled Hansen's Children, which won the 2005 Mesa Selimovic Prize. Head Full of Joy was awarded the 2014 European Union Prize for Literature.

  • Winner of European Union Prize for Literature 2014

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