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Zagreb Noir (Croatia)

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Zagreb Noir follows in the footsteps of Moscow Noir and St. Petersburg Noir as the Noir Series delves into Eastern Europe.

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What people are saying…

“A collection of crime stories set across Zagreb, each one by a different Croatian writer.”
Time Out (Croatia), a Must-read book

“Zagreb, Croatia—its culture and its touchstones—will be terra incognita for many U.S. readers . . . Notable is Nora Verde’s ‘She-Warrior,’ in which a young woman’s carefully planned anarchist activities are smacked down by a triple helping of reality.”
Publishers Weekly

“The stories shed light on a sickness that stirs within society’s boundaries. Readers will easily glean that this sickness is not exclusive to Zagreb. Sršen reveals the ugly truth about human nature that burrows under the surface in war-torn countries.”

“Zagreb’s noirish underbelly comes from a new nation familiar with both war and war crimes. Mr. Sršen’s handpicked selections are anything but ordinary.”
New York Journal of Books

“An inherently fascinating and entertaining read from beginning to end.”
Midwest Book Review

“These [stories] . . . do have the flavor of what the country and its people are like.”
Journey of a Bookseller


Akashic Books continues its groundbreaking series of original noir anthologies, launched in 2004 with Brooklyn Noir. Each story is set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the city of the book.

Featuring brand-new stories translated from Croatian by: Ivan Vidić, Josip Novakovich, Andrea Žigić-Dolenec, Robert Perišić, Mima Simić, Pero Kavesić, Nada Gašić, Zoran Pilić, Ružica Gašperov, Darko Milošić, Nora Verde, Ivan Sršen, Neven Ušumović, and Darko Macan.

Eastern European history is filled with noir-ish and harrowing tales, and Zagreb, the capital city of Croatia, certainly has its fill. Editor Sršen has curated a diverse, powerful, and dramatic group of stories that offer tremendous insight into the perspectives of contemporary Croatians.

Read Zagreb Noir editor Ivan Sršen’s guest post for the New York Review of Books about Croatia’s participation as a finalist in the 2018 World Cup.

Read a feature on Zagreb Noir at The Calvert Journal.

Read Ivan Sršen’s introduction to Zagreb Noir at Literary Hub.

Table of Contents


Part I: A Perfect Outing
“A Girl in the Garage” by Darko Macan (Travno)
“Crossbar” by Josip Novakovich (Maksimir)
“The Old Man from the Mountain” by Ivan Vidić (Jarun)
“The Gates of Hell” by Ružica Gašperov (Downtown Central)

Part II: Knocking on the Neighbor’s Door
“Horse Killer” by Mima Simić (Dubrava)
“It All Happened So Fast” by Robert Perisic (Črnomerec)
“Night Vision” by Pero Kvesić (Tuškanac)
“Numbers 1–3” by Nada Gašić (Zvonimirova)

Part III: Downtown Freaks
“Wraiths” by Zoran Pilić (Downtown East)
“Slices of Night” by Andrea Žigić-Dolenec (Borongaj)
“Headlessness” by Darko Milošić (Mirogoj)

Part IV: On the Loose
“She-Warrior” by Nora Verde (Lanište)
“Wiener Schnitzel” by Ivan Sršen (Rudeš)
“Happiness on a Leash” by Neven Ušumović (Trešnjevka)

Book Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Published: 11/3/15
  • IBSN: 9781617753084
  • e-IBSN: 9781617754234


IVAN SRŠEN is an editor, translator, and writer. In 2007 he started the Zagreb-based independent publisher Sandorf, presenting quality nonfiction in translation and ex-Yugoslavian fiction writers. He published a novel, Harmattan, and a collection of short stories, Fairy Tales from the Coffee Machine. He has translated a range of authors from English to Croatian including Frank Zappa, Henry Rollins, and Robert Graves. He lives in Zagreb, Croatia. He is the editor of Zagreb Noir.

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