A short story collection by Bosnian poet and writer Asja Bakić, translated by Professor Jennifer Zoble, has earned a starred review in Publishers Weekly and praised as “cutting-edge short fiction” by Kirkus Reviews.
Mars, Bakić’s debut short story collection, showcases a series of twisted universes where every character is tasked with making sense of their strange reality. One woman will be freed from purgatory once she writes the perfect book; another abides in a world devoid of physical contact. With wry prose and skewed humor, Mars explores twenty-first-century promises of knowledge, freedom, and power.
Several stories from the collection have been published online, including “Abby” (Guernica), “Day Trip to Durmitor” (The Brooklyn Rail), and “The Talus of Madame Liken” (World Literature Today).