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Crumbs (Paperback)

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Egon is an amoral but charismatic writer, living on the breadline in a grim, unnamed communist factory town in Slovenia prior to the break-up of the former Yugoslavia. With little evidence of his real literary ambitions, he makes ends meet by writing trashy romances under a pseudonym. When not searching out sex with as many women as possible, or slagging off the literary establishment, Egon is full of schemes to feed his pathological need for the ruinously expensive aftershave, Cartier pour L'Homme. Around him Egon has gathered a motley crew of friends and acquaintances, each of whom also has an equally obsessive, unattainable ambition. Poet is desperate to have his verse published in a leather bound volume, Ibro is in love with Ajsha, a factory girl to whom he cannot utter a single word, while Selim is convinced he'll marry Nastassja Kinski, the world-famous actress. As Egon's attempts to secure more perfume become ever more degenerate, his grip on his own identity loosens. The consequences are messy, as grim as they are hilarious, and allude to a nation undergoing radical change.

Crumbs is not only a ribald, dirty realist satire - a modern European classic - but also a fascinating and utterly unique commentary on the pathology of self-determination. It's publication in the months before Scotland votes on independence lends a surprising, alternative but authoritative perspective on the debate.

Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Freight Books Publication Date: 01/02/2014 ISBN-13: 9781908754394  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Miha Mazzini was born in 1961 and is an award-winning novelist, short story writer, playwright, scriptwriter and film director. He has 23 published books, including the best-ever selling novel in Yugoslavia, Crumbs, also a 1987 Yugoslavian Novel of the Year, King of the Rattling Spirits, Guarding Hanna and most recently, The German Lottery. He has been translated into nine languages and won a Pushcart Prize in 2012. Mazzini has a PhD in Anthropology and an MA in Creative Writing for Film and Television.

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