Miro Gavran, writer

A Few Birds and One Sky

A novel, 202 pages

A train leaves the station in the city of Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina back in 1917; another departs Nova Gradiska in Croatia in 1987 – the fate of the heroes in them are related in an unusual way. We follow a double love story and the dramatic events in Herzegovina during World War I, when Brother Didak Buntić started a rescue mission for starving children. Parallel to this, we get to know a young man whose life begins to fall apart in the 1980s and '90s, when his dreams and reality intertwine. Before you is a story of deep suspicion and true faith that will not leave you indifferent. The story is set in the Austrian city of Innsbruck; the Croatian cities of Zagreb, Vinkovci and Nova Gradiska; and in the Bosnian–Herzegovinian towns of Medjugorje, Mostar and Sarajevo.

Perhaps this novel will also answer the question of why Miro Gavran, whose work has been published in 38 languages, is the most translated Croatian writer to date. The seductive quality of his ascetic storytelling knows no redundancies and is not ashamed of powerful emotion.