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Set against the omnipresent pounding of artillery on the enchanting island of Rab, this gripping tale of politics and psychosis juxtaposes one instance of crime against acts of mass murder occurring elsewhere in the former Yugoslavia. When a transvestite prostitute nicknamed the “Match Girl” is cruelly murdered on the Croatian island, investigators are forced to delve deepSet against the omnipresent pounding of artillery on the enchanting island of Rab, this gripping tale of politics and psychosis juxtaposes one instance of crime against acts of mass murder occurring elsewhere in the former Yugoslavia. When a transvestite prostitute nicknamed the “Match Girl” is cruelly murdered on the Croatian island, investigators are forced to delve deep into Rab's underbelly to find her murderer. From corpse chaperones, pedophilia, and xenophobia to Romanian secret police, exorcisms, and radioactive watches, the detectives are brought face to face with the secrets, illnesses, and deviant behavior of the island’s inhabitants....

Title : The Death of the Little Match Girl
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ISBN : 9780975444450
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 275 Pages
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The Death of the Little Match Girl Reviews

  • Brett Francis
    2018-11-30 13:27

    Fantastic book I am so glad I picked up while on vacation in Croatia. The writer truly knows how to keep me involved, his prose is tight and full of great moments (the town with four noons, and the twist on that at the end) the characters are just the most interesting mix of misfits I've read in a while, and the mystery and intrigue kept me turning pages and excited to read more. It was over almost too quickly, at a scant 190 pages. I highly recommend this story. Like a classier Chuck Palahniuk, with a disincentive Central European flare.

  • Mirjan
    2018-11-14 14:26

    Prva pročitana Ferićeva.Ako izuzmemo morbidarije pristojan krimić sa kritikom ostrvskog,zatvorenog društva.

  • Simon
    2018-11-15 15:40

    We were on holiday in Croatia and had unexpectedly run out of books to read. Browsing through the very small selection of English books in the local village I was pleasantly surprised to find that, instead of all the latest bestsellers, they had a range of contemporary Croatian books in translation, so I picked this one up. What a disappointment. Clumsily translated, with many glaring errors, typos, inconsistencies and illogicalities, it reads like a messy first draft.The plot bears some surface similarities to the Sciascia I read recently: a murder in a small town, investigated by an interested amateur, and an author more keen to use the crime as away to reveal the inhabitants' peculiarities and secrets than as a puzzle to be solved. Feric himself says he wanted to write a "Mediterranean Twin Peaks", and I guess he succeeded in that he matches Lynch for nightmarish surrealism, but I found the whole thing very tiresome. A parade of freaks, sadism, cheap fatalism, empty symbolism and narrative dead ends, most of the time I neither knew nor cared what was going on. Maybe this sense of dislocation was deliberate, but for me it was neither enlightening nor entertaining.

  • Jonpaul
    2018-11-16 13:47

    Misogynist, homophobic, unfunny turd of a book. Reading this is like being forced to sit next to a loud, fat jerk who thinks he's the funniest, smartest guy in the room. This book is an utter waste of time, money, and paper.

  • Kozmokitap
    2018-11-19 15:36

    İlk defa Hırvat edebiyatından bir eser okudum. Yazarın tarzı ve olayları ele alış tarzı farklı geldi bana. İşin içinde cinayet ve araştırma olunca daha sürükleyici bir kitap beklemiştim. Kitap sürükleyici bir kitap değil. Psikolojik, polisiye ve kara kurgu bir arada olarak kendime göre tanımlayabilirim kitabı. Farklı bir tarz ve farklı bir kitap okumak isteyenlere hitap edebilir.

  • Andrea
    2018-11-16 11:34

    Prilično dobar roman, kvalitetno napisan, iako ne odolijeva sirenskom zovu nepotrebnih morbidarija. Završetak pomalo razočara - nakon vješto vođene priče, mnogobrojnih sumnjivaca, mamaca, završava prebrzo, štoviše, uopće nismo sigurni da su pravi krivci uhvaćeni.

  • Malcolm
    2018-11-22 16:25

    Imagine an island where the seemingly absurd unravels as the murder of the main town’s only stripper (a Romanian transsexual) is woven into the death by leukaemia of the seven year old daughter of the narrator’s (Fero) school friend (neighbours of the dead Romanian), where we encounter grave robbing (of humans and pets), resurrection, exorcism and in the distance the rumbling of the guns of war….. It might be that this is a slightly surreal story of a small Croatian fishing and tourist town with disturbing sexual politics, but it seems much more than that. I’ve not read much contemporary Croatian fiction, but what I have read suggests a grappling with cultural ways of being, from Dubravka Ugresic’s not unsympathetic dissections of Yugo-nostalgia to Slavenka Drakulic’s tales of badly damaged women to, as the most like this in tone, Edo Popović’s disturbing tale of people who don’t quite fit the new Croatia. Ferić seems to be invoking a place where things that had formerly been swept under carpets were now getting an airing, where the small and not-so-small disturbing and disruptive is becoming more widespread (someone is tearing the last few pages out of all the detective book in the local library, for instance) and the forces of social change are unsettling social rules and conventions: newly announced twin towns seem absurd, the new Europe is recasting the place of the town in the world, the town is in receipt of aid money, and the tourist industry has shifted to become health tourism of overweight Czechs. Yet amid all the bizzareness, all the seemingly inexplicable weirdness of Fero’s hometown this is a fairly conventional murder mystery – Fero, the returning local is a pathologist drawn into a violent local death; his friend Mungos, the chief of police, is a mid-level bureaucrat and detective trying to solve a mystery but worried who in his small town and which of his friends might be implicated; a local friar Marijan provides important (mystical) cultural-historical knowledge; Franka, the local librarian seems a source of gossip and information about relationships and cultural nous. These are, often, the standard figures of crime fiction of the police procedural (sub)genre. But these figures exist in an environment that oozes violence and decay, where a past-best-forgotten (not a Yugoslav past but an older, in places equally material past of war) lurks just below a surface of civility that seldom papers over the Hobbesian brutishness: despite the beauty of this part of the Adriatic coast, there is little in Ferić’s image of this town’s life that appeals….. and I think that is the point. Although published in 2012 the book is set against the war of the early 1990s, of the fratricidal violence of the end of Yugoslavia, of the breakdown of a former order that, in hindsight, seems to have had some in-built restraints and constraints that the combination of war and xenophobic nationalism rebuffed, when the problem of that nationalism was a difficulty in defining who would or could fit into which group.These time of turmoil make this, on the surface, a bizarre almost surreal tale (I suspect some of the characters would prefer to be dreaming) – Ferić cites Twin Peaks as an inspiration (that is clear to see); the sexual violence and misogyny he depicts alongside the banal xenophobia and contempt for those who don’t quite fit (when it seems none properly fit) is an indictment of the times. What is so disturbing is the compelling way he keeps the story running, shifting narrative focus while allowing what appears at the outset to be several independent stories weave together leading to a plausible but not necessary true solution to the case. It is a very good book and easy to see why it has made it so quickly into vbz's Best of Croatian Literature series, but it paints a disturbing picture of a time and place.

  • Iris
    2018-12-11 08:37

    I tako dođem ja u knjižnicu i pita me gospođa želim li možda čitati nekog hrvatskog pisca jer, eto, žao im je što ih se čita znatno manje nego strane pisce. Pristala sam, naravno da jesam i pitala ju ima li neki prijedlog. Predložila mi je Ferića. Nisam prije čitala nešto njegovo pa mu htjedoh dati šansu. Izabrala sam Smrt djevojčice sa šibicama jer me zaintrigirao naslov. I tako posudim ja Ferića, uputim se prema parku i krenem čitati. Bio je krasan dan - sunce, lagan vjetrić, cvrkut ptica, ljudi sa psima. Prava atmosfera za jedan opuštajući krimić. Osim što nije krimić (ok, ima elemenata). I definitivno nije opuštajuće. Ferić svojim ne toliko suptilnim sarkazmom ismijava sve, od vjernika sumnjivih moralnih vrijednosti do mentaliteta stanovnika otoka. Preporuka? Apsolutno da. Za sve? Apsolutno ne. Ako slabije podnosite tabue, estetiku ružnoće, psovke i generalnu morbidnost, ne čitajte ovo. A ako ste kao ja i volite pobjeći od ružnoće života skrivajući se u ne toliko nestvaran, ali ipak ružan fiktivan svijet, ovo je jako dobra knjiga za to. Čitajmo hrvatske pisce! :)

  • Mario
    2018-12-11 15:26

    Tu stvarno ima svačega. Nije za gadljive.

  • Sarah
    2018-11-30 08:49

    Although the translation isn't the best, the characters and the prose is funny enough to keep you interested. Almost every page is hysterical.