The President Shop

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Sandorf Passage
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5.4 X 8.2 X 0.7 inches | 0.5 pounds
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About the Author

Vesna Maric was born in Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina, in 1976. she left Bosnia-Herzegovina at sixteen as part of a convoy of refugees. She went on to work for the BBC World Service and now writes Lonely Planet travel guides, translates literary fiction and non-fiction from Croatian into English, and writes a variety of journalism for publications including the Guardian. Vesna has collaborated with various artists, including Jane and Louise Wilson, and art projects at the Tate Modern and the London Southbank. Her memoir, Bluebird, was published by Granta in 2009, and was longlisted for The Orwell


"Maric pulls off captivating moments of personal and political disillusionment . . . [offering] a memorable testament to how politics can fracture a family." --Publishers Weekly
"The President Shop reads like a kind of fable about what it was like to grow up in Eastern Europe under the rule of Tito, but it's broader than that, it's about cult of personality, it's about authoritarian rule . . . and I found it unnervingly resonant with my own experiences as an American, particularly in the wake of the last four years." --Brad Listi, Host of Otherpp with Brad Listil podcast
"[T]he story moves toward a layered portrayal of disintegration with the rolling inevitability of fate . . . and it's a credit to Ms. Maric's storytelling that this . . . carries the shock and resonance of a death in the family." --Sam Sacks, Wall Street Journal