Before the Feast

Sasa Stanisic (Author) Anthea Bell (Translator)


It's the night before the feast in the village of Fürstenfelde (population: an odd number). The village is asleep. Except for the ferryman--he's dead. And Mrs. Kranz, the night-blind painter, who wants to depict her village for the first time at night. A bell-ringer and his apprentice want to ring the bells--the only problem is that the bells have gone. A vixen is looking for eggs for her young, and Mr. Schramm is discovering more reasons to quit life than to quit smoking.

Product Details

Tin House Books
Publish Date
June 14, 2016
4.9 X 7.7 X 1.0 inches | 0.65 pounds

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About the Author

The award-winning novelist Sasa Stanisic was born in Visegrad, in Bosnia-Herzegovina, in 1978 and has lived in Germany since 1992. His debut novel, How the Soldier Repairs the Gramophone, was acclaimed by readers and critics alike, and has been translated into thirty languages so far. Before the Feast won several prizes, including the 2014 Leipzig Book Fair Prize, and was long listed for the German Book Prize.
Anthea Bell is the recipient of the Schlegel Tieck Prize for translation from German, the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, and the Helen and Kurt Wolff Prize in 2002 for the translation of W. G. Sebald's Austerlitz, and the 2003 Austrian State Prize for Literary Translation. She lives in Cambridge, England.


A book like few others. Politically well-versed and stylistically a work of art.
A brilliant, quirky entertainment.
A village fully in the present, yet rife with legends. In Before The Feast, this villagetells its own story--a novel as compelling multi-voiced chorale put in prose.
Before the Feast is a big book in every sense: it's vibrant, compassionate, and knowing. Stanisic channels an almost reckless energy into a novel that's at once sprawling and controlled.--Stephen Sparks, Green Apple Books on the Park