Miro Gavran, writer

Forgotten Son

A novel, 170 pages

Mislav, a slightly mentally-impaired young man of twenty, with the intelligence of a ten-year-old, is the hero of this novel. After 15 years spent in various institutions, the young man returns to his village family. His arrival is a shock for their neighbours. His younger brother and sister had not even known that they had a brother because their parents had kept it a secret from them all their lives. Mislav has a hard time adapt- ing to the new environment and circumstances. Happily, a girl who lives nearby helps him to fit into everyday life. A warm feeling of love blossoms between them, to the horrified reaction of the girl’s father...

The novel is written in the first person as the hero’s diary, which exudes gentleness and human warmth.

Forgotten Son has gone through nine editions in Croatian
Translated and published in English, Slovenian, Spanish, German and Japanese
Selected for the Ibby Honour List 2002

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The Critics:

The story in the novel How We Broke Our Legs is told in a light tone, reviving memories of events from family life with a fine dose of humour, which enfolds the people, the times and the experiences in a charming aura, making it all close and recognisable.

Ivan J. Bošković

Gavran’s How We Broke Our Legs successfully continues along the prose path he has marked out for his work… At a time when readers here yearn for a good story, and li- brary shelves seem to be offering low quality, even feeble post-modern books, Gavran’s infectiously witty texts stand out almost as exotic.

Zoran Maljković

A coupling of semantic sections implemented in functional, coherent sentences that result in clear articulation, shine with full brilliance in this novel.

Julijana Matanović