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Genre

Novel

Year of publication

2017

Number of pages

352

Rights sold

English (Dalkey Archive Press)
French (Phébus)
German (Paul Zsolnay Verlag)

Materials

English sample translation, German sample translation, French pdf

Tags

historical novel, 20th Century, World War II,human nature, passion, love, evil

In ljubezen tudi

And Love Itself

by Drago Jančar

After the occupation of Yugoslavia by German forces in 1941, the Slovenian city of Maribor, historically a German-speaking town with a large German minority, is annexed to the Third Reich. In the city renamed Marburg an der Drau, neighbours and friends of yesterday are torn apart and a resistance movement is organised in the surrounding hills.

The three characters at the heart of the novel, Valentin, a partisan resistance fighter, his girlfriend Sonja, and the SS officer Ludwig, once called Ludek, each try in their own way to defend their love from the senselessness of evil and the downfall of human dignity. The war upsets their perception of the world and of themselves and inevitably breaks their lives.

And Love Itself, the title taken from Lord Byron’s poem, is an astonishing tale of will and resilience of the human spirit against the backdrop of historical coincidences and tragedy. Jančar poses complex questions and exposes essential dilemmas faced by modern man in an expansive style that is interspersed with extraordinary lyrical inserts.


Awards

Kresnik Award for best novel of the year 2018


Reviews

  • And Love Itself is not, as the title may suggest, a love story, nor is it a historical novel, it is first and foremost a novel about love. More than the story and the fate of a love and more than a story about war, in which love found itself, it is a novel of the solitary effort of an individual of how to protect this love and preserve it in spite of it all.

    Delo
  • A superb novel, both sensual and serious.

    Le Figaro magazine
  • Drago Jančar, one of the best European novelists, blends an important time in history with a history of a love to form the anatomy of horror.

    Transfuge
  • Drago Jančar is a born storyteller.

    L’Hebdoscope