TITLE: The Ghostwriter
A NOVELLA by Zoran Živković
PUBLICATION DATE: February 2012
EDITION: Jacketed Hardcover
COVER ART: Michael Smith
PRINT RUN: 100 signed by Zoran Živković
A writer sits down to work, but who can resist the addictive temptation of the email inbox? Each message alert brings a new question and a fresh challenge, until a tangled web weaves its way around the hapless author. Yet all the while his cat, Felix, gets on with life regardless.
Zoran Živković's hilarious new novella lays bare the oddities and absurdities of the writing life: the traps writers set for themselves and the snares readers lay for them. Here, too, are fascinating puzzles about the nature of authorship and the writer's identity, the relationship between the writer and their work and between the writer and the reader, the reader and that which is read. Above all, though, it is a paean to the Cat, to a relationship which in its simplicity and innocence, its playfulness and affection, makes nonsense of all these human perplexities.
"Though it is too soon to crown Zoran Živković the new Borges, Seven Touches of Music makes him a leading candidate." —The New York Times Book Review
"Every philistine who questions what art is for should be hit over the head with a book by Zoran Živković and then made to read it." — Infinity Plus
"Like Jorge Luis Borges, Živković can create strange, alternate universes. Like David Lynch, he can balance menace and melancholy—be cruel and be funny at the same time." — The Seattle Times
"Živković's fiction is for those who can't get enough of others' dreams and wish them recalled in great detail." — Kirkus Reviews
"As in the work of Kafka, big ideas never feel dropped from on high. Rather, they rise up organically from within the story." — Time Out—New York"
Živković channels philosophy and the fantastic [...] following his master Borges in imparting to those rarefied airs a sense of flesh, bone, and context within the pitiless procedure of genre literature." — Village Voice