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The Cartier Project [Paperback]

Miha Mazzini


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Book Description

Jan. 15 2005
Tragedy nearly befalls a dismal Yugoslavian foundry town when Egon, romance writer extraordinaire and tireless bon vivant, discovers he'ss used up his Cartier perfume. A man will do anything for his perfume, even if it means cheating a young Gypsy girl of her Playboy, blackmailing a lascivious preacher, publishing an atrocious poet, and conspiring with a band of uncouth cowboys.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Scala House Publishers (Jan. 15 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0972028749
  • ISBN-13: 978-0972028745
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 13.5 x 1.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,816,969 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mazzini makes a kind of Hemingway-esque, late-twentieth-century, in-your-face, shrug at the world he depicts--and what a world. As Tito's rule in Yugoslavia draws to a close, Egon's grimy foundry town, with its dismal flats filled with inhabitants wearing tattered, much-mended clothes as they bum cigarettes from one another, is a metaphor for all Yugoslavia. His "Sunday suit" is a foundry worker's uniform of blue overalls and jacket, and his lunch voucher gets him beef broth with sausage made of "fragments of fat, gristle, bones and other garbage wrapped in a condom." Is it any wonder that running out of his one luxury--Cartier perfume--brings Egon to the edge? Springtime becomes summer, poets somehow attract the culturati to bookstore readings, the worker's dormitories have overflowing toilets but no toilet paper, and Egon, who writes romances using a pseudonym, learns that his latest title credits his real name, a development that is a mixed blessing. This tale of endurance, infused with desperate humor, is already the best-selling Slovenian novel ever--deservedly. Whitney Scott
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5.0 out of 5 stars Confidently recommended reading for a contemporary audience Feb. 6 2005
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Egon is a romance writer and dedicated liver of the good life in a bleak and dismal industrial Yugoslavian town when a calamity occurs. He has run out of Cartier perfume. Egon is determined this lack shall not last. Even if it means cheating a young Gypsy girl of her Playboy magazine, blackmailing a lascivious preacher, publishing an atrocious poet, even conspiring with a band of uncouth cowboys. All the while juggling past and present lovers, not to mention saving a friend from an unhealthy obsession with Nastassja Kinski! Confidently recommended reading for a contemporary audience, The Cartier Project is one of Slovenia's best-selling novels of the 20th Century, penned by award-winning screenwriter and novelist Miha Mazzini while his beloved Yugoslavia was inexorably sliding into the final stages of political disintegration.
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