Heritage of Smoke


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$16.95  $15.76
Dzanc Books
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5.4 X 0.7 X 8.4 inches | 0.65 pounds
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About the Author

Josip Novakovich is a Croatian Canadian writer and the author of sixteen books, including short story collections, collections of narrative essays, and a novel. His work has been translated into Croatian, Bulgarian, Indonesian, Russian, Japanese, Italian, and French, among other languages. He has also published hundreds of short stories, poems, and essays in American and international journals and anthologies. He teaches English at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada.


"Novakovich's language is always supple. Strange, lyrical beauty abounds here."
--New York Times Book Review

"A host of characters grapple with the legacy of war, religious obsessions, surreal instances of violence, and an enduring guilt.... These often haunting stories of violence, faith, and disconnection make for a memorable voyage into a number of unsettled minds."
--Kirkus Reviews

"Novakovich's bruising and beautiful short stories cast new light on the experience of war and exile. A potent and intoxicating brew of comedy and tragedy. Heritage of Smoke is an exquisite work of short fiction by a master of the form."
--Laila Lalami, author of The Moor's Account

"Some grim historical realities haunt many of the stories in this extraordinary collection. Sometimes with dark humor but always with an understanding eye toward his characters, Novakovich illuminates darkness more humanely than any writer since Chekhov."
--Jim Heynen, author of The Boys' House and Fishing for Chickens

"In the visionary prose of Novakovich, the Balkans are a toxic mix of medieval primitiveness and modern technology. Novakovich tells stories of individuals suffering against this background of regional catastrophe. He reveals reveal the worst things people can do to each other in the absolutely best way."
--Melvin Jules Bukiet, author of Strange Fire and Undertown