Published by Istros Books
Farewell Cowboy is a modern and hard-hitting novel by one of Croatia's best-known writers. The plot consists of a straightforward linear narrative, rich in local colour and sentiment. It tells the story of Dada, who returns to her home town on the Adriatic coast, and tries to unravel the mystery of her brother Daniel’s death. Daniel, although young, smart and popular, threw himself under a train in mysterious circumstances. In search for clues, Dada meets an array of eccentric characters and passionately falls in love with the young gigolo Angelo, who is a part of a film crew shooting a Western on the nearby prairie. Slowly and painfully she discovers all there is to know about her brother’s death, and how she has been betrayed by someone close to her.
In her debut novel, Savičević playfully transposes the genre of a Western into the contemporary world, challenging the omnipotent heroes of childhood and questioning what makes a modern-day hero. The fact that a Western adventure is being filmed nearby gives the book its title and adds to the steamy, charged mood of the novel.
Olja Savičević is an award-winning poet and novelist, who burst onto the authorial stage with her short story collection Make the Dog Laugh in 2006. Last year, her collection of poems Mamasafari and Other Things was short-listed for the 'Kiklop Award for Best Collection of 2012', awarded annually by the Pula Book Fair. Her best-selling book Farewell, Cowboy has already achieved great success in the region, and was even adapted into a stage play.