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Knife in the Mouth

Though these stories’ lonesome protagonists have probably all but lost hope, they are portrayed in seemingly mundane, yet all the more significant moments, which nonetheless offer an opportunity for change.

Dimensions: 13 x 20 cm
Year of publication: 2020
No. of pages: 192

Though these stories’ lonesome protagonists have probably all but lost hope, they are portrayed in seemingly mundane, yet all the more significant moments, which nonetheless offer an opportunity for change. With just a few masterful strokes – and a lot of humor – the author manages to introduce the characters’ backgrounds, once more proving that good literature reveals what we’ve always known, yet never before realized.

How will the seemingly perfect family deal with the daughter’s leftist boyfriend? How will a seemingly cosmopolitan woman react to a Syrian tenant or a chauvinistic farmer? Seen from a distance, even the most tragic circumstances – like being served an egg with no yolk – lose their gravity and become a series of life’s bizarre jokes.

Agata Tomažič (foto Boštjan Pucelj)

Agata Tomažič

Agata Tomažič (1977) graduated in French at the Faculty of Arts and in Journalism at the Faculty of Social Sciences in Ljubljana. She first impressed readers with her extraor- dinary journalistic contribution to a major national newspaper and her translations of fiction and non-fiction from English and French. She ventured into the literary scene with her much admired collection of short stories Things You Can’t Tell Your Hairdresser, published in 2015, and a year later with a literary travelogue Why Travel to Such Places? In 2017 her debut novel Right Under the Sky was published by Goga, followed by another collection of short stories. She currently works at the Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts and keeps in touch with her audience as an avid tweeter.