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A YOUNG MAN FROM ZAGREB, FILIP, DECIDES TO TAKE PART IN THE FIRST BIG REALITY SHOW IN CROATIA WHICH FOLLOWS EVERDAY LIVES OF YOUNG PEOPLE. HOWEVER, IN A RACE FOR HIGHER VIEWINGS HE AND HIS FRIENDS SOON START TO SEE THAT THINGS ARE MUCH MORE SERIOUS THAN THEY EXPECTED THEM TO BE. AND THE CONSEQUENCES LURKING ON THE THIN EDGE BETWEEN THE VIRTUAL AND REAL COULD PROVE TO BE FATAL.

Reviews:

Short and clear news about Tomislav Zajec’s novel would be: Croatian literature got the first novel dealing with the phenomenon of reality show! If someone asked me to foretell who of the Croatian writers would write such a novel first, I would bet on Zajec.

Jagna Pogačnik, Jutarnji list

Zajec’s novel is a Croatian virtual Ulysses. As in Joyce’s novel we follow a real day with all the daily details of a quoted hero, a modern Odysseus, from his awakening, going to the toilette to being present at a funeral, lecture on Shakespeare and finally going to a brothel. In a similar way, with Zajec in his novel we dive in, with a cyber hero, into virtual world of TV cameras and video surveillance of a reality show, into a mix of real and virtual worlds and finally surreal fear due to total manipulation of reality.

Dubravka Oraić Tolić, Cunterview.net

Zajec has confirmed his status of a self-conscious and original writer on our literary scene with his second novel. He is now definitely unavoidable in any serious retrospective review of relevant achievements of Croatian prose in the nineties of the last century and the beginning of the new one.

Igor Gajin, Kolo

All in all, we can benevolently conclude: as long as our literary scene is trendily characterized mainly with crime genre or fantasy, with autobiographic writings or witty prose, Tomislav Zajec refers to harsh reality in a seemingly fictive manner – undressing it by his voyeur reserve; undressing it completely, in fact.

Nova Istra