We Trade Our Night for Someone Else’s Day

Ivana Bodrozic, trans. from the Croatian by Ellen Elias-Bursac. Seven Stories, $18.95 trade paper (240p) ISBN 978-1-64421-048-2
In an unnamed Croatian city in 2010, reporter Nora Kirin, the heroine of this searing political thriller from Bodrozic (The Hotel Tito), hopes to expose the city’s sleazy government. Instead, she’s assigned to write a lurid piece about a Croatian high school teacher who murdered her brutal husband, a Croatian war veteran, while having an affair with a student, an ethnic Serb. Nora’s own troubled past distracts her from this task. Her father disappeared in 1991, just before a horrifying massacre of Croats by Serbs. As Nora seeks the truth about his fate, she uncovers heinous instances of immorality throughout a city supposedly promoting “peaceful reintegration” between Croats and Serbs. In her effort to get justice for her father, Nora dooms her own love affair. Bodrozic smoothly integrates Nora’s gripping personal story with, as revealed in a translator’s note, the recent history of Vukovar, the author’s native city. Noir fans won’t want to miss this one. Agent: Diana Matulic, Corto Literary (Croatia). (Apr.)
Reviewed on : 01/29/2021
Release date: 04/13/2021
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
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