Neva Lukić: A Twenty-First-Century Fusion of Orwell and Kharms, by Svetlana Tomić

Book Reviews Svetlana Tomić Neva Lukić / Courtesy of Cultural Institution Blesok The recent collection of short stories by Neva Lukić, Endless Endings (Bokeh, 2018), originally written in Croatian and translated into English by Jeremy White, was published first in Croatia under a different title: More i zaustavljene priče (HDP, 2016) and then in Serbia (Treći trg, Srebrno drvo, 2018). It is not a debut book but the work of an award-winning and multitalented author who has already published two collections of poems and a collection of short stories, a picture book, and has done screenwriting and directing work. With other contemporary Croatian fiction writers, such as Zoran Ferić and Ante Tomić, Neva Lukić shares critical humor and irony. Like Tatjana Gromača, she offers a woman’s view of reality. Lukić’s sharp criticism of totalitarian politics can be compared with Daša Drndić’s writing. However, two features, like differentia specifica, make this book by Neva Lukić different from the work of these other authors. They are (1) a deep commitment to language issues and the strong literariness of the text and (2) a critique of totalitarian ideology by using fantasy and paradox, which allow us to describe this writer as the twenty-first-century fusion of Orwell and Kharms. Readers who love wordplay, paradoxes, fantasy, and humor will enjoy this book. With the first story, “Non-Event,” we immediately enter the poetic rhythm of its... Continue reading at 'World Literature Today'

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