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Par / By Jasmin B. Frelih
Traduit par / Translated by Jason Blake


[FR] Ce premier roman hilarant et anarchique plonge le lecteur dans un monde à la fois impensable et étonnamment familier. Alarmant, exaltant et centré sur les contradictions de la modernité, c’est un roman stupéfiant écrit par une nouvelle voix puissante. Un début extraordinaire de l’une des étoiles montantes de la Slovénie.


[EN] This hilariously anarchic debut plunges the reader into a world that is at once unthinkable and disturbingly familiar. Alarming, exhilarating and keenly focused on the contradictions of modernity, this is an astounding novel from a powerful new voice. An extraordinary debut from one of Slovenia’s rising stars.

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Nous sommes en 2036, vingt-cinq ans après que la “grande coupure” a détruit le réseau de communication mondial. Dans ce monde post-Internet, trois amis d’enfance se retrouvent pour fêter leur cinquantième anniversaire. Mais avec Zoja, une poétesse radicale, Evan, un metteur en scène toxicomane, et Kras, un ancien ministre de la guerre, l’occasion n’allait pas être des plus banales…


It’s 2036, twenty-five years after the ‘Great Shutdown’ destroyed the global communications network. In this post-Internet world, three childhood friends come together to celebrate their fiftieth birthdays. But with Zoja, a radical poet; Evan, an addict theatre director; and Kras, a former minister for war in attendance, this was never going to be a subdued occasion…

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Auteur.rice / Author

Jasmin B. Frelih a étudié la littérature comparée, la théorie littéraire et l’histoire à l’université de Ljubljana. Ses œuvres publiées comprennent un recueil de nouvelles (Tiny Ideologies) et un livre d’essais (Pale Freedom). Son premier roman, In/Half, a été publié en 2013 et a été salué par la critique, recevant le prix du meilleur début littéraire lors de la foire annuelle du livre slovène ainsi que le prix de littérature de l’UE. In/Half a également été présélectionné pour le prix Kresnik, et les droits de traduction ont été vendus à plus de dix territoires. Il vit en Slovénie.


Jasmin B. Frelih studied comparative literature, literary theory and history at the University of Ljubljana. His published works include a short story collection (Tiny Ideologies) and a book of essays (Pale Freedom). His debut novel In/Half was published in 2013 to great critical acclaim, receiving the best literary debut award at the annual Slovenian Book Fair as well as the EU Prize for Literature. In/Half was also shortlisted for the Kresnik Award, and translation rights have been sold to more than ten territories. He lives in Slovenia.


‘A topical narrative with delightfully experimental stylization… In/Half has established Frelih as one of Slovenia’s rising literary stars.’

– World Literature Today, Nota Bene

‘The blend of technologies old and new results in a uniquely speculative and philosophical novel.’

– Words Without Borders

‘Sustains its ghostly, ethereal tone and will be appreciated by readers looking for a mind-bending puzzle.’

– Publishers Weekly

‘A novel that repays careful reading for some brilliant set-pieces, for its believably flawed characters, and for its bone-dry, even cynical, wit.’


‘One of the biggest emerging literary talents in Central and Eastern Europe.’

– European Union Prize for Literature News

‘A dizzying reading experience… Like a breakneck surf session that keeps you glued to the screen until the early hours…with an unusually addictive mix of styles, tones, perspectives and meaning.’

– Bruzz

‘Three worlds, each with their distinct atmosphere, ranging from highly technological to the domestic, bring into being different languages that do not lack the feeling of alienation or nascent activism. Frelih sovereignly handles this second order of speech, his alienation is charged less by the librarian style of the erudite part of metafiction than with the density and intensity of poetic speech, in place of authorial narration we are submerged in fragments that, with their forcefulness, shine through and reflect the fates of individuals.’

– EU Prize for Literature Jury

In/Half is an overwhelming vision of the future…and shows an exceptional writer at work.’

– De Standaard

‘Frelih writes with a mature style, covering a wide range of themes linked to contemporary society, emphasising the grotesque and the fabular in an almost Kafka-esque style. The tone is by turns poetic, satirical, ironic and apocalyptic, finally moving towards surreal chaos. It is this style that makes Frelih’s novel exceptional.’

– iLiteratura.cz

‘Mature, structurally varied, rich in content and stylistically accomplished… Frelih’s first novel offers a decisive, yet unobtrusive sense of engagement, prompted by the recognition that the world of the third millennium is out of joint and the awareness of how hard it is to pinpoint that first, unequivocal mistake which sent humanity down a blind alley. We are haunted by a state of inevitability and searching for shelter – compassion – which does not come. Frelih doesn’t beautify the world, he just sets it square in his sight, sharpens it, dissecting the patterns of evil within it.’

– Pogledi

‘Appealing and intriguing.’

– Complete Review


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