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The Door of No Return, 3. Book: Dwellings Places of Souls

Dwellings Places of Souls is the third and final volume of the 40,000-verse epic The Door of No Return. In it the master of poetry Boris A. Novak returns to a more lyrical linguistic approach, captured in a powerful composition of 99 poems. The book represents the synthesis of the entire work and a closing sequel of the first two volumes. At the same time it is markedly different in its linguistic tone and poetic vision. The concluding lines are elegiac and also very personal, the exceedingly tense state of the world we live in also unmistakeably inscribed in the final apocalyptic notes.

Dimensions: 13 x 20 cm
Year of publication: 2017
No. of pages: 1112


Rights sold: Croatia

About the Book

The Doors of No Return (Vrata nepovrata) are one of the rare epic texts in the world poetry today, and one of the longest ever written – 44.000 verses on 2.300 pages in the original edition of the Slovene publishing house Goga. The epos is divided into three books: the first one is entitled “Maps of Nostalgy (Zemljevidi domotožja)” and was published in 2014, the second book, “The Times of Fathers – Čas očetov”), in 2015, and the third book, (“Dwelling Places of Souls – Bivališča duš”), in 2017. Strangely enough, all three books were already several times reprinted, and they have brought to the poet the highest Slovene national award for arts – Presheren’s award. This ˮpoetic madnessˮ (as the author defined it) has aroused a lot of interest among translators and foreign publishers.

Boris A. Novak

Boris A. Novak is a poet, dramatist, editor, essaying, translator, lecturer, and literary theoritician. He is one of the leading contemporary Slovene authors of children’s and young-adult literature. He writes lyric-epic poetry, mainly shorter poems and crowns of sonnets.

In 2017 professor Novak became an associate member of SASA, Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (Section of Arts).