The German Lottery
Published by CB Editions
I straightened my uniform and put the bag over my shoulder.
‘Do you come round in the evenings too?’
A young postman in 1950s Yugoslavia delivers a letter to a woman quietly hanging out her washing... Soon he is involved in a lottery scheme devised by her husband – a scheme, he is persuaded, that will bring wealth and happiness to the town’s poorest and most deserving citizens. As it all goes wrong, Miha Mazzini constructs a political fable that is also a satire on youthful idealism, greed and misguided belief.
Miha Mazzini is a Slovenian writer and film-maker. Born in 1961, he is the author of 23 books. The Cartier Project (2005) was ex-Yugoslavia’s all-time bestselling novel and was made into a feature film. Guarding Hanna (2008) was nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award in 2004. His recent work features in the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Vol. 4 (2011).
Urska Zupanec has translated Margaret Atwood, Simon Armitage and Craig Raine into her native Slovenian.