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Az by Jasna Horvat, (ogled i preporuka knjige/ book review and recommendation )

Reminiscent of Sailing to Sarantium, this novel is (among other places) set in 9th century Constantinople (today better known as Istanbul). Az falls into category of historical fiction. In my personal view, the main characters of this novel are not (as implied in the description) Cyril and Method , but rather Byzantine queen Theodora. Her characterization was handled brilliantly. She is a very present character in this book. Moreover, she is the one who sets things into motion. Naturally, one doesn't expect the holy brothers to be as involved in political affairs as a queen, but still it could be maintained that their portrayal lacked warmth. At times, they were left handing neither here nor there, neither saints, neither humans- if you know what I mean. Their historical importance as legendary Greek monks who gave Slavs their literacy was well elaborated on and explained in this novel, but I was left wanting more. Theodora, on the other hand, was most convincing and she reminded …

Sanja Bilić (Ogled i preporuka knjige/ Book review and recommendation)

Book review (in English): 
I would describe this novel as a very entertaining light reading. This book follows the lives of three sisters in their thirties: Lara, Silvija and Ema (Emmanuele). After losing their father, a famous film director, the sisters are trying to come to terms with it and make sense of their lives. Did their father leave them a message of some kind? 
Much of the novel is focused on their love adventures, that are often quite funny. The subplot is the story of Spin, Lara's teenage neighbour. He was actually the character I liked the most. The sisters were entertaining, but often they seemed a little too needy. Towards the end there was some improvement in this sense, though. Nevertheless, the plot seemed too convenient most of the time. I suppose it's alright in a novel that doesn't take itself too seriously, but still it makes it harder to develop sincere sympathy for the characters. In addition, I didn't cared much for the ending. 
To sum up, this n…

Book recommendation: After Dark by Huraki Murakami

I've been a fan of Murakami for a while now. The more I read from him, the more I start to notice the similarities between his works. Sometimes it seems to me like there is almost a formula to his novels. For example,  they often feature isolated characters that like to read and listen to music. Naturally they also like to converse about it. In addition, cats are always mentioned. That all being said, his works still feel unique in their own way. Motives are repeated, but the stories feel fresh. Perhaps it is true what Alberto Moravia said (something along the lines of this): great writers are repetitive because they're trying to answer the question they were born to answer. If Murakami is repetitive, there is a sense in his repetitiveness. 
What kind of novel is this? A novel about two sisters who are more alike than it might seem at first. A novel about two strangers establishing a genuine connection. A typical Murakami novel, one might add. It might be a a bit shorter than …