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November 2008
My Literary Top 10:
Roman Simic

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Best short story I've ever read
Huh: if there must be only one (like in Highlander 1, 2, 3 & 4) let it be ‘Journey to Brody’, from The Red Cavalry by Isaac Babel
Book that should be on the school curriculum
The Red Cavalry by Isaac Babel
Best film of the book I've seen
Possibly not the best one, but the one I'm most sentimentaly attached to is Tom Jones, directed by Tony Richardson based on the novel The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling by Henry Fielding
Top 3 Croatian writers in the past 50 years
Ranko Marinkovic, Daniel Dragojevic (poet), Miljenko Jergovi
My favourite opening line of a novel
Kill me, but I don't remember it at all! However, the books I do remember. Sometimes ;)
My favourite novel that no-one else seems to have heard of
At least here, in Croatia, Donald Barthelme’s The Paradise
The book I’d most like to reread, if I could find it again
I can and I do! The book that I have re-read at least 20 times is Mark Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court. Please, don’t laugh too loud.
My favourite bookshop
There’s a great bookstore&cafe here in Zagreb, called Booksa. www.booksa.hr
Author I’d like to nominate for the Nobel Prize for literature
The dead don’t count so my pick would be... Paul Auster?
Deceased author I’d most like to go fishing with
Raymond Carver, of course.
Roman Simic was born in 1972 in Zadar, Croatia. He is artistic director for the Festival of the European Short Story and the editor of the series Anthologies of European Short Story. His own short fiction has been included in various selections and anthologies of contemporary Croatian prose and translated into many European languages. His publications include the U trenutku kao u divljini (In the Moment Like in the Wilderness), (1996, Zagreb; Goran prize for Young Poets); A Place Where We’re Going to Spend the Night, short stories, 2000, Zagreb), and What Are We Falling in Love With, (short stories, 2005) which won the Jutarnji list prize for the best Croatian prose book of the year 2005, and is about to be translated into German, Spanish, Slovenian and Serbian (2007).
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