Profil International, 2008, 249 pages
• 18-pages excerpt available in English
• complete German translation
Three is one of the best novels published in Croatia in the past decade and a half.Damir Radić | Croatian Radio 3
Translation rights sold: Bulgaria (Hermes), Serbia (Rende), Macedonia (Makedonska reč), Slovenia (Beletrina)
For months Three topped the “most read” books lists in Croatia and it won the T-Portal Novel of the Year Award, one of the most prestigious fiction prizes in Croatia. Written in a style manner of Raymond Carver, with a subtle influence of Milan Kundera, this masterful novel about one-but-every love triangle gives us a fascinating and complex portrait of the love demon, the world whose beauty one can`t measure with black and white morality but rather feel under the pulse of the beating heart.
Three is a love novel in which jealousy is most talked over. The center of the novel are three characters in a love triangle – Goran, a journalist and a writer, his wife Sandra, and his lover Hana. Goran and Sandra have lived together since college and they share an open and tolerant relationship in which it is allowed to go out with other people. They feel that no one can be forced to stay with someone else and that this trust and understanding they share are exactly what separates them from others. This is what makes their lives better, this is what is so difficult to find and create, and they are convinced that because of all this their relationship will endure everything. And it really has been so. For years. But, when Goran meets Hana, everything starts to change. Hana is passionate, wild, strange, and is neither wise nor tolerant. No, she is jealous, and her love destructive. Yet, Goran cannot resist her. Drawn into that vortex, soon he too becomes jealous and possessive, something he fought against his whole life. Hana wants to drive out of their life everything but the two of them, and everything starts getting in the way, both friends, work… and what once was love now turns into possessive obsession.