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Tito, amor mijo

Kresnik Award shortlist • Prešern Fund Award shortlist

the novel depicts a young boy, growing up near Trieste, Italy, having trouble spelling Italian words, because in his everyday life, he speaks and reads almost exclusively in Slovenian. With his uncles and aunts, he watches old films about partisans, the resistance fighters during World War II, and listens to tragic wartime stories.

Dimensions: 13 x 20 cm
Year of publication: 2020
No. of pages: 202

Shortlisted for the Kresnik Award for best novel, Tito, My Love is probably Marko Sosič’s best known novel. It depicts a young boy, growing up near Trieste, Italy, having trouble spelling Italian words, because in his everyday life, he speaks and reads almost exclusively in Slovenian. With his uncles and aunts, he watches old films about partisans, the resistance fighters during World War II, and listens to tragic wartime stories, such as the one about his grandmother surviving a shot in the head, albeit with a bullet still in place, or about his aunt going blind after having been beaten up by fascists. But for the boy, this stark legacy is complemented by another reality, a whole new world opening up right before his eyes: the wonders of play in the beautiful nature, forests, rivers and, most importantly, the sea. Giving him courage is the promise that one day, he’ll meet the Marshal himself – the mythical hero of his relatives’ stories.

Marko Sosič

Marko Sosič (1958–2021) was a director and writer, born in Trieste. As a theatre director worked in Ljubljana, Trieste, Nova Gorica and Rome; as a writer he wrote novels, short stories, and radio and theatre plays. His writing has a characteristic poeticity, warm empathy and painful expanse for marginal states of the human spirit. He secured his place in the literary Parnassus with his first novel Ballerina, ballerina (1997), followed by three further novels and two collections of short stories, which brought him nominations for important literary awards (three of his novels were on the shortlist for the Kresnik Award for best novel) and his work has also been translated into various languages.