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A wild and quixotic novel about real estate, marriage, and obsession. "A House in Istria" is a crazily comic novel about a man, his long-suffering wife, and his fixation with buying the abandoned house next door. But, in this Croatian region of Istria, the neighbors frown upon the husband as a Westerner who knows nothing about Balkan history or the area's deep blood feuds.A wild and quixotic novel about real estate, marriage, and obsession. "A House in Istria" is a crazily comic novel about a man, his long-suffering wife, and his fixation with buying the abandoned house next door. But, in this Croatian region of Istria, the neighbors frown upon the husband as a Westerner who knows nothing about Balkan history or the area's deep blood feuds. "Forget that house," they tell him: "It's not for sale."...

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ISBN : 9780811216975
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 215 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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A House in Istria Reviews

  • Bronwen
    2019-03-28 23:03

    Istria, island off Trieste, has repeatedly shifted hands between Italy and Croatia.A native of Istria lives in a small village with her foreign husband. But her “sweetiepie” becomes obsessed with an empty house, scrapes his hands climbing over its wall, refuses to understand why it can’t be his.Long conversations ensue about nothing much, negotiations of native vs. foreign in the banal details of potatoes and post office jobs.This everydayness earns a profundity about language and translation: “I’m completely at your mercy, my sweetie keeps saying, he doesn’t realize that each language defends itself against experiences made in another one.”

  • Margaret
    2019-04-06 17:54

    Narrated by the Croation wife of a man from another country who neither understands the history nor languages of the region, the book is a really a series of conversations which the wife translates for her husband as they seek to buy an abandoned house next door to their home. The pleasure in the read comes from the characters involved in the sale of the house and the long run on sentences that convey the obsessions, prejudeices and moods of those involved.(I need to do some research to see why it was translated from Swedish.)