Gajandra

Gajandra

In the late summer of 1790, the Split musician and writer Julije Bajamonti was invited to the Sorkočević summer residence near Dubrovnik. Instead of enjoying the coolness, he gets drawn into a whirlpool of revolutionary aspirations inspired by the French ones. Soon, his stay in Dubrovnik turns into a nightmare inhabited by worn-out Jesuits, talented conspirators, angry dwarfs, corrupt nobles, the spirit of Luke Sorkočević, and a series of other phenomena all strangely connected to the lost Marulić's discourse…

Gajandra is an irresistibly entertaining example of historical surrealism written in the form of a long letter that Bajamonti writes to his wife, Elizabeth. It's an exceptional satire and the debut novel of scientist and translator Srećko Jurišić.

Srećko Jurišić, an Italianist and translator, was born in Split in 1979. He teaches at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Split, the Academy of Fine Arts in Split, and the Academy of Arts and Culture in Osijek. He lives in Split with his family.