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Thirteen

At first glance, these humorous stories seem fantastic, but above all, they bring to mind the incredible variety and heterogeneity of the world that is right before us, but that we manage to overlook every single day.

Dimensions: 13 x 20 cm
No. of pages: 215
Year of publication: 2020

At first glance, these humorous stories seem fantastic, but above all, they bring to mind the incredible variety and heterogeneity of the world that is right before us, but that we manage to overlook every single day. And it is this variety that whispers in our ear: I am here, too, the world is bigger than you. If earthworms under the earth can feel, even the sky can come alive for a moment: »Perhaps the sun rose an inch too high that day and an error occurred in the sky. Why else would there be numerous white lines left behind by airplanes cutting across the sky?« The animals in these thirteen stories are often more human than people, and people are what they always were – animals. Both animals and people pay more attention to their instincts rather than reason and find the most incredible solutions to their problems.

Boris Kolar (foto: Boštjan Pucelj)

Boris Kolar

Dr Boris Kolar is an ecologist and ecotoxicologist and an international expert on environmental risks. He has written columns for a daily newspaper and published the occasional text in Slovenian literary magazines, but he is most well-known for his humorous novel Iqball Hotel set in Africa, which tells the story of a tourist who slowly turns into the proprietor of a hotel in the middle of nowhere. The novel was shortlisted for the Kresnik Award for best novel in 2009. More than a decade later, in 2020, Goga published his book of short stories Trinajst (Thirteen). In 2021, he published his second novel Potopimo Islandijo! (Let’s Sink Iceland!). His writings are in touch with nature, bright and, above all, extremely humorous.