Before the Feast

Sasa Stanisic

Someone has opened the doors to the Village
Archive, but what drives the sleepless out of their

houses is not that which was stolen, but that which
has escaped. Old stories, myths, and fairy tales are
wandering about the streets with the people. They
come together in a novel about a long night, a
mosaic of village life, in which the long-established
and newcomers, the dead and the living, craftsmen,
pensioners, and noble robbers in football shirts
bump into each other. They all want to bring
something to a close, in this night before the feast.