Review of Three Loves, One Death by Evald Flisar, translated by David Limon
This book is about a family who move from the town to the country when the patriarch of the family dealing with depression and a retreat from life decides on the move. Coming along is his wife, who to get over her husband's lack of interest in stuff that married couples do, she does a morning mini marathon. There is 2 uncles too, one a hero of the war of independence, the other an accountant who dreams of growing a large cabbage and the painter aunt Mara. Of the children, there is the narrator and his brother Peter and Mara's daughter, the sarcastic Elizabeta (who isn't blood relative to anyone but her mother)
In the farm house they purchased, they find a mysterious device that everyone is unsure but I think the novel really comes to life when an estranged brother of the wife, Svejk turns up. He is a bus driver. Svejk is a good soul but with nothing to his name, the family help him get some new clothes and then promise their support if he canfind a fitting vehicle that he can drive people with. Eventually he finds a job as an unofficial volunteer fireman.
It is a pretty short book so I don't want to go into further. I did like the narrative style of the writer, I think it worked and I found the voice of the narrator to be appropriate to the age of the narrator. It is also a bit funny in some of the descriptions. I enjoyed it.
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