DESTROYING ROOM

THE FIRST NOVEL BY TOMISLAV ZAJEC. FIERCE AND UNCOMPROMISED PROSE ABOUT ZAGREB X GENERATION FROM THE END OF THE NINETIES OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY. THIS GENERATION X IS TRYING TO FIND ITS PLACE IN THE POST-TRANSITION CROATIAN SOCIETY.

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Reviews:

One should be quite malicious or rather simple minded not to recognize what an extraordinary, unusual, not at all beginner’s, from first to last printed letter, poetically cristally thought out novel was offered by this young writer from Zagreb, Tomislav Zajec in his Destroying room.

Delimir Rešicki, Glas Slavonije

When you are able to recognize a romanesque story, situate it or more fashionably said pinpoint it from its first sentence, that is from its first word, it is highly possible that we came across a storytelling expert. The formal story-telling skill of Tomislav Zajec – that is interlacing point of views of different story-tellers, from chapter to chapter – is impressive and self-sufficient.

Igor Mandić, Vjesnik

The novel by Tomislav Zajec is one of the best prose novels of the nineties. It is also the first and very mature voice of the upcoming post-war generation which was forgotten by the Croatian cultural critics engrossed by generational shenanigans, since it was not interested in presenting it collectively. We recommend our cultural elite to start reading their books.

Jurica Pavičić, Vijenac

By his novel about domestic high society circles and drug addictive youth from rich classes, the young Zagreb author Tomislav Zajec excited the audience and intrigued the interest of the media. Zajec showed a covetous literary talent; using the experience and content of the film time organization, as well as sensibility of the generation to which he belongs himself, he composed a work which does not leave anyone indifferent; on the contrary, it shocks by its content, and surprises by its values.

Ivan J. Bošković, Slobodna Dalmacija