Year of publication
Number of pages
Austria (Hollitzer Verlag)
Croatia (HENA COM)
Egypt (Egyptian Cultural Assembly)
Italy (Bottega Errante)
UK (Istros Books)
English sample translation, German pdf
friendships, relationships, 1980s and 1990s, rock music, Balkans, Yugoslav Wars, erased citizens of Slovenia
The End. And Again.
by Dino Bauk
The End. And Again is a novel about war, romance and rock ’n’ roll. It takes us back to Ljubljana and the Balkans in late 1980s and early 1990s through the reminiscences of embittered bureaucrat Peter, corrupt manager Goran and eternal runaway Mary. After taking a fateful bus ride, Mary had fallen in love with Denis, a passionate rock musician, but their love story was tragically cut short when she, a young missionary, was ordered to leave the country for violating the Mormon code, and Denis was cast from his peaceful life in Ljubljana, exiled and sent tumbling into the ravages of the Balkan war.
Peter’s, Goran’s and Mary’s memories of the years when their interests revolved more around their band, music and above all love than around the turbulent political situation that derailed their lives, intersect with those of Denis in the maelstrom of war.
A lack of any meaningful resolution to their story haunts them all and forces them to search for a different end(ing). (And) Again.
Runaway Mormon Mary was all that he was interested in at that moment, although the Berlin Wall had already fallen, dead students lay at the Gate of Heavenly Peace, and the eastern part of his country shovered ominously.
Awards and nominations
Best Debut Award of the Slovenian Book Fair 2015
Longlisted for the Kresnik Award for best novel of the year 2016
Although the novel is the author’s debut, it doesn’t betray this – not with its thoughtful discussion of what caused the rebellious generation of the 1980s to have bureaucratized itself, to have capitulated and eschewed its ideals, nor by its skilful composition.
Bauk's novel throbs with the wounds of his generation and at the same time tells an intense, dazzling story of love and friendship.
An exciting and remarkable portrait of a generation, a book about books and what they can do to and with people.
... Universally recommendable for its captivating examination of the common human condition with a writerly intelligence and an all too rare blend of speaking to the mind as well as to emotions.