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Jonathan Bousfield: Welcome to Hofbauerland

The publication of comic-strip collection Mister Morgen confirms Igor Hofbauer’s status as the unrivalled master of Croatian grotesque.
While Hofbauer’s poster designs represent a playful exercise in trash horror, his narrative strips are a much darker affair, featuring tales of obsession, anguish, and impending apocalypse.



 

Graphic artist Igor Hofbauer has long been considered one of Zagreb’s most eloquent visual spokesmen, producing posters, murals, book-cover designs and club flyers that conjure up a darkly seductive image of his native city. What’s increasingly apparent is that he is also one of the country’s leading practitioners of short fiction, a status confirmed by the graphic-novella collection Mister Morgen, out this month courtesy of Paris-based publisher L’Association.

Summoning a twilight world of abandoned hotels, sexual obsession and urban paranoia, the book cements Hofbauer’s reputation as one of the leading figures of the European graphic underground. Printed on thick matt paper, Hofbauer’s retro-sci-fi-constructivism-noir artwork serves as a compelling introduction to a distinctive visual universe.

Hofbauer’s literary potential has been obvious ever since the emergence of Prison Stories (published in Croatian by Otompotom) in 2007, a woozily narcotic collection that showcased an ambiguous and unnerving narrative style. Prison Stories is nowadays something of a cult title among the graphic-novella cognoscenti – the number of people who claim to own a copy far exceeds the 300 that were actually printed.

Bringing Hofbauer’s comic-strip work to a wider audience was Crimson Lagoon (the grotesque tale of an Adriatic-based holiday dystopia co-scripted by the author of these lines), serialized in four parts by Croatian magazine Globus in summer 2015.

Horned man at the crossroads

It’s with the design of posters and flyers for alternative club Močvara that the Hofbauer story really starts. Throughout the late 1990s and the early 2000s, his eye-catchingly phantasmagorical designs were a ubiquitous feature of Zagreb’s once-flourishing street-poster scene. As Močvara’s co-founder Kornel Šeper explains: “The first concert we ever organized was on November 29 1996 and was called ‘Day of the Republic of Noise’. We invited Igor to design a poster for us because we knew him and liked him; we hadn’t actually seen any of his work. He gave us two different designs – one with a monkey dancing on its head, another showing a horned man standing at a highway crossroads – and we used them both. He turned out to the best possible artist we could have chosen. He was humorous, he was different, he was absurd. Which was exactly what we needed.”

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Nagradu Sedmica i Kritična masa za mlade pisce dobila je Marina Gudelj

Pobjednica ovogodišnje Nagrade Sedmica i Kritična masa za mlade autore je Marina Gudelj (1988.) iz Splita.
Marina Gudelj nagrađena je za priču "Lee".
U užem izboru Nagrade za 2017. bili su: Alen Brlek, Katja Grcić, Marko Gregur, Marina Gudelj, Mira Petrović, Iva Sopka i Ana Rajković.
Ovo je treća godina Nagrade koju sponzorira cafe-bar Sedmica (Kačićeva 7, Zagreb).

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Marina Gudelj: Mi smo generacija koja je dobila ostatke neke ranije i uljuljala se u pasivnost

Predstavljamo uži izbor Nagrade Sedmica&Kritična masa

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Marina Gudelj: Lee

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Marina Gudelj (1988., Split) diplomirala je hrvatski jezik i književnost na Sveučilištu u Zadru. Objavljivala je u Zarezu i na portalu KSET-a.

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Elena Ferrante: Genijalna prijateljica

Romani Elene Ferrante s razlogom su postali svjetske uspješnice i jedan od književnih fenomena ovog desetljeća, kako po odazivu publike u različitim zemljama, tako i po sudu kritike.
"Genijalna prijateljica" – prvi je dio romaneskne tetralogije o Eleni i Lili, pronicljivim i inteligentnim djevojkama iz Napulja koje žele stvoriti život u okrilju zagušujuće, nasilne kulture.
Ovdje donosimo uvodna poglavlja romana, a knjigu u cjelini - što preporučujemo - možete pročitati u izdanju "Profila".
Roman je s talijanskog prevela Ana Badurina.

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David Szalay: Duge rute

Pročitajte priču izvrsnog Davida Szalaya koji je bio sudionik Lit link festivala 2017 u Puli, Rijeci i Zagrebu.

David Szalay rođen je u Montrealu (1974.) u Kanadi odakle njegovi uskoro sele u Veliku Britaniju. Objavio je četiri prozne knjige, dobitnik je više književnih nagrada, a 2016. njegov je roman All That Man Is bio u užem izboru za Bookerovu nagradu. Szalay je uvršten u prestižni dekadni izbor najboljih mlađih britanskih romanopisaca časopisa Granta, kao i sličan izbor novina Telegraph. David Szalay pisac je minucioznog stila, naoko distanciranog, sa suptilnim i vrlo individualnim pomakom u tretiranju prozne događajnosti. Roman All That Man Is ono je što preporučamo za dulje upoznavanje, a za ovu priliku smo odabrali kratku priču Long Distance koju je napisao lani za radio BBC.

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Iva Sopka: Tri priče

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Iva Sopka (1987., Vrbas) objavila je više kratkih priča, od kojih su najznačajnije objavljene u izboru za književnu nagradu Večernjeg lista „Ranko Marinković“ 2011. godine, Zarezovog i Algoritmovog književnog natječaja Prozak 2015. godine, nagrade „Sedmica & Kritična Masa“ 2016. godine, natječaja za kratku priču Gradske knjižnice Samobor 2016. godine te natječaja za kratku priču 2016. godine Broda knjižare – broda kulture. Osvojila je i drugo mjesto na KSET-ovom natječaju za kratku priču 2015. godine.

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