time periodNovember 2017 - November 2017
Since 1995 poetry debut (Castle America), R.Perisic published 7 books. Two collections of short stories (1999, 2002) gave him initial reputation and first translations (Slovenia, Serbia, Hungary, Czech Republic). His novel 'Our man in Iraq' (2007; org: Naš čovjek na terenu) won „Jutarnji list“ book award and had numerous translations (Austria, USA, UK, Sweden, Italy, Bulgaria, Serbia, Macedonia, Slovenia, Egypt, and rights sold/translations in process in France, Czech R., Ethiopia, and Turkey). US edition (2013) was praised by Jonathan Franzen, garnering rave reviews from the likes The New Yorker, NPR's "All Things Considered," and The Times Literary Supplement. Perisic's latest novel "No-Signal Area" (2015) had great critical response in Croatia and Serbia (Serbian edition was published in the same year). The novel was finalist for two major novel prizes in the region (Bosnia based „Meša Selimović Prize“ for the best novel in Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and „T-portal Prize“ for the best Croatian novel) and rights are sold in France, USA, Serbia, Slovenia, Macedonia, Bulgaria...
The project I am currently working on is a novel which follows multiple, very different characters, mainly foreigners, who meet each other in an European city. Through the novel’s developing plot, these characters become entangled in a joint endeavor which will bind them together.
My previous novels were 350 and 430 pages long respectively, despite the fact that I planned for them to be shorter. My estimate is that my new novel will be between 250 and 300 pages long and I plan to develop it in 2017 and finish it in 2018.