For a novel where everyone is odd, nothing is fully explained and not much happens, A House in Istria is a worthwhile read––quirky, antic, weirdly absorbing and funny.
The Los Angeles Times

A wild and quixotic novel about real estate, marriage, and obsession.

A House in Istria

Fiction by Richard Swartz

A House in Istria is a crazily comic novel about a man, his long-suffering wife, and his fixation with buying the abandoned house next door. But, in this Croatian region of Istria, the neighbors frown upon the husband as a Westerner who knows nothing about Balkan history or the area’s deep blood feuds. “Forget that house,” they tell him: “It’s not for sale.”

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Paperback (published June 1, 2007)

ISBN
9780811216975
Price US
14.95
Price CN
19
Trim Size
5x8
Page Count
224

Clothbound (published June 1, 2007)

ISBN
9780811215015
Price US
23.95
Trim Size
5x8
Page Count
224

Richard Swartz

Contemporary Swedish writer

For a novel where everyone is odd, nothing is fully explained and not much happens, A House in Istria is a worthwhile read––quirky, antic, weirdly absorbing and funny.
The Los Angeles Times
A Western European man living in Croatia becomes obsessed with an abandoned house in A House in Istria, Swedish novelist Richard Swartz’s surreal, comic romp through Eastern Bloc history. Narrated by the unnamed man’s long-suffering wife, the book follows the couple as they try to figure out who owns the house so that they can buy it. With his wife patiently translating, the man harasses everyone from their neighbor Dmitrij, who cultivates mushrooms, to local lawyer Franjo, to an Italian family in nearby Trieste. As the story unwinds, we learn that the house was occupied by Jews, then fascists, then communists, all of whom are now busy suing for the house.
Publisher’s Weekly