Fiction. Translated by Will Firth. A NOVEL OF LONDON is a classic of European modernism that established Serbian writer Milos Crnjanski as one of the great eastern European voices of the 20th century. The over-600-page translation will be the first English edition. Published in Belgrade in 1971 as Roman o Londonu, the novel follows an aging Russian migr , Nikolai Repnin, as he attempts to make a life in the British capital in the 1940s, painting a stark portrait of the war-battered city through the eyes of a person living in a constant state of rejection and alienation. Born a Russian noble in pre-revolutionary St. Petersburg, Repnin is now reduced to eking out a living from odd jobs in the huge city, whose buildings, monuments, citizens and customs he portrays with fascination. As Repnin wanders the streets and the bureaucracy of the bombed-out city, reminiscing about his opulent past in Russia and subsequent odyssey through Europe's cities after the Revolution, he encounters a host of migr s from around the world, whose stories also unfold. A pan-European portrait of class structures and the real effects of the war emerges, a vision whose depth and scope may be unmatched in 20th century literature.
Milos Crnjanski (1893-1977) is considered one of the foremost Yugoslav literary figures of the last century. Along with Miroslav Krleza (1893-1981) and Ivo Andric (1892- 1975), he left a lasting imprint on the literature of the region.
Will Firth was born in 1965 in Newcastle, Australia. He studied German and Slavic languages in Canberra, Zagreb, and Moscow. Since 1991 he has been living in Berlin, Germany, where he works as a freelance translator of literature and the humanities. He translates from Russian, Macedonian, and all variants of Serbo-Croat.