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UK (Istros Books)
relationships, romance, gender relations, social criticism, politics, philosophy, 21st century
None Like Her
by Jela Krečič
Matjaž fears losing his friends over his obsession with his ex-girlfriend. To prove that he has moved on from his relationship with her, he embarks on a comical odyssey of dates around Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. In this comical and romantic tale, a chapter is devoted to each new encounter and adventure. The women Matjaž selects are wildly different from one another, and the interactions of the characters are perspicuously and memorably observed. On his adventures, Matjaž repeatedly struggles with the apparent fact that there is “none like her” out there. Or is there?
The characters’ preoccupations – brilliantly sketched through sparkling dialogue – will speak directly to Generation Y, and in Matjaž, the hero, Jela Krečič has created a well-observed crypto-misogynist of the 21st century whose behaviour she offers up for the reader’s scrutiny.
None Like Her is the author’s debut novel and has been described as the literary equivalent of a Hollywood romantic comedy that in spite of its breezy tone touches upon social criticism, portraying the spirit of the times through the characters’ lively and often humorous discussions on the phenomena of modern society, politics, Marxism, celebrity, ecology, etc.
Longlisted for the International DUBLIN Literary Award 2018
Thanks to the lively style of writing, clever dialogues and a solid structure, None Like Her is an extremely readable novel, rich in content and full of references to the world we live in …
None Like Her isn't quite just a novel of a man trying out different women for size ... [it] offers a nice and very broad slice of contemporary Slovenian life ... makes for an agreeable read. Complete Review This is a clever juxtaposed tale with a female writing a male main character, whom she said in an interview she based on those French film stars of the fifties. But what really works in those women that Matjaz meets, they are more than just a type, Jela manages to make these types seem real in the dialogue between the characters. Winstonsdad Blog... an interesting glimpse of Generation Y trying to find themselves in Slovenia’s capital city, in a country that is very much trying to do the same.
This is a clever juxtaposed tale with a female writing a male main character, whom she said in an interview she based on those French film stars of the fifties. But what really works in those women that Matjaz meets, they are more than just a type, Jela manages to make these types seem real in the dialogue between the characters.