Fiction. Translated by Will Firth. A NOVEL OF LONDON is a classic of European modernism that established Serbian writer Miloš Crnjanski as one of the great eastern European voices of the 20th century. The over-600-page translation will be the first English edition. Published in Belgrade in 1971 as Roman o Londonu, the novel follows an aging Russian émigré, Nikolai Repnin, as he attempts to make a life in the British capital in the 1940s, painting a stark portrait of the war-battered city through the eyes of a person living in a constant state of rejection and alienation. Born a Russian noble in pre-revolutionary St. Petersburg, Repnin is now reduced to eking out a living from odd jobs in the huge city, whose buildings, monuments, citizens and customs he portrays with fascination. As Repnin wanders the streets and the bureaucracy of the bombed-out city, reminiscing about his opulent past in Russia and subsequent odyssey through Europe's cities after the Revolution, he encounters a host of émigrés from around the world, whose stories also unfold. A pan-European portrait of class structures and the real effects of the war emerges, a vision whose depth and scope may be unmatched in 20th century literature.
Miloš Crnjanski (1893-1977) is considered one of the foremost Yugoslav literary figures of the last century. Along with Miroslav Krleza (1893-1981) and Ivo Andric (1892- 1975), he left a lasting imprint on the literature of the region.Author City: BELGRADE SER