Fiction Attic Press is delighted to announce to new editions of the strange, funny, and deeply relevant stories of the enigmatic Jiri Kajanë. Both are available in beautiful, complimentary paperback editions – great for giving to the politico or propagandist in your life, the one who just can’t shut up at the dinner table. Smart, irreverent, and surprisingly moving, the adventures of Albania’s fictitious Deputy Minister of Slogans are more relevant that ever.
Winter in Tirana: The Stories of Jiri Kajanë (Volume 1)
Winter in Tirane: The Stories of Jiri Kajane, brings together six intertwined tales of bittersweet love, absurd politics, and comic hijinks by the enigmatic Jiri Kajanë. Set against the final days of the Albanian empire, the stories follow an unnamed narrator–the Deputy Minister of Slogans–and his young friend Leni as they attempt to navigate a landscape of shifting political alliances and unsettling personal affairs. By turns funny, profound, and deeply moving, Winter in Tirane is an exploration of the meaning of identity, the power of suggestion, and the complex relationship between a story and its creator. Winter in Tirane presents a startlingly imaginative take on the notion of the author as fictive construct.Some Pleasant Daydream: The Stories of Jiri Kajanë (Volume 2) BUY THE BOOK
Some Pleasant Daydream: The Stories of Jiri Kajanë (Volume 2)
Continuing where Winter in Tirane leaves off, SOME PLEASANT DAYDREAM features six stories by the enigmatic Jiri Kajane. The collection follows the adventures of the Deputy Minister of Slogans and his best friend Leni. By turns hilarious and poignant, the stories examine what it means to be immersed in a culture of propaganda and doublespeak in which what one says and what one means are often two very different things. BUY THE BOOK
About the Author
Time Out Scotland once named Jiri Kajanë “the second greatest living Albanian writer,” after Ismail Kadare. But who is Kajanë?
According to some accounts, Kajanë was raised in Kruje, Albania. His satirical drama, Neser Perdite (Tomorrow, Every Day), is rumored to have received great acclaim in a singular 1981 performance before being banned by the Albanian Ministry of Culture. Due to Kajane’s allegedly precarious standing before the revolution, his work has never been published in his home country. Kajane has never been photographed.
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