New Year’s Eve is a glorious night in all the nine stories which make up ‘Toccata’, the first part of Andrei Nikolaidis’s Anomaly. But then, that very winter night, the coordinates of space and time converge and trigger an unexpected unfolding of these stories, a literary process we may call satanas ex machina, when the Story of Stories – the fate of the world – unravels. All the scenarios and lives we have been pursuing abruptly become miniscule and unimportant, however soul-stirring or loathsome they were until recently.
The second part of the novel, ‘Fugue’, written in long, diarylike sentences, is calmer and more comprehensive, as the title suggests. The female narrator contemplates the beginning of the new year somewhere in the Austrian Alps, in the very eye of the cataclysm, which so far she has miraculously survived, while fearing for her small daughter.
Anomaly is Andrej Nikolaidis’s most bizarre, playful and spirited novel to date, an explosion of the grotesque, ironic and debauched, with an abundance of brilliant essayistic dissections and deconstructions of civilization, along with its philosophical and theological postulates.
“An apocalyptic cabaret. When all is over and this novel read, only thunderous laughter will hover over the ever-quieter waters.” – Kruno Lokotar
“Andrej Nikolaidis is an anomaly in our language and literatures, and Anomalija a novel in which the fanciful misanthrope – whose fancy and misanthropy are both on steroids – announces the end of the world just the way it deserves after what people have made of it: as a happy end.” – Emir Imamović Pirke
116 pages – Original language: Bosnian/Bosnia-Herzegovina & Croatia (Buybook, 2022)