S.D. Curtis

S.D. Curtis

S.D. Curtis is the editor-in-chief of Istros Books.

Doppelgänger

Fiction by Daša Drndić

Translated by S.D. Curtis Celia Hawkesworth

With a contribution by Celia Hawkesworth

Two elderly people, Artur and Isabella, meet and have a passionate sexual encounter on New Year’s Eve. Details of the lives of Artur, a retired Yugoslav army captain, and Isabella, a Holocaust survivor, are revealed through police dossiers. As they fight loneliness and aging, they take comfort in small things: for Artur, a collection of 274 hats; for Isabella, a family of garden gnomes who live in her apartment. Later, we meet the ill-fated Pupi, who dreamed of becoming a sculptor but instead became a chemist and then a spy.…
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