BOOK SERIES
The Power of Literature in the Changing World
AUTHOR
Drago Glamuzina

The Second Law of Thermodynamics

TRANSLATOR
Klaus Detlef Olof
Description

The Second Law of Thermodynamics

The Second Law of Thermodynamics follows a group of writers and their friends, gathered at a dinner party in honor of a special guest, the celebrated American author Jonathan Franzen. In the course of the tumultuous evening, each of them has to share an intimate story, something personal and traumatic they never told anyone. The setting is novelistic. One drunken party but also a psychoanalytic seance turned confessional where we find a slew of incredible but simultaneously very believable intimate confessions.

The fundamental secrets of man

The Second Law of Thermodynamics corresponds to Murphy’s First Law: anything that can go wrong, will go wrong. Although in this case we are not dealing with physical or social laws but rather with human lives which the author dissects mercilessly and we become privy, in one fell swoop from the comical to the tragical and transcendental, to the fundamental secrets of man.

Well before the global pandemic Drago Glamuzina started writing this novel whose central idea is purely Decameronesque. But what is truly important to the reader is another type of virus: that of simultaneous disciplined and impassioned narration. Almost all of the characters in this story are writers, professional story tamers, but taming them and their consequences is sometimes, as we will see, extremely difficult. Glamuzina, on the other hand, does not have that problem: the novel’s rhythm is that of a metronome, the pace is quick while its dynamics skillfully play with the reader’s expectations. Don’t let the chosen artistic and cultural milieu discourage you: unlike the guys you usually meet at poetry evenings, Glamuzina’s characters are not pretentious, they are layered and intriguing.

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AUTHOR
Drago Glamuzina

Drago Glamuzina, the author of the novel The Second Law of Thermodynamics, was born in Vrgorac in 1967. He graduated in Comparative Literature and Philosophy from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb. He worked as a journalist and executive editor at Vjesnik Daily and then executive editor and editor in chief at Nacional News Magazine. From 2003 to 2011 he worked as the editor in chief at Profil Publishing and since 2011 he has been working as the editor in chief at VBZ Publishing. His publications include Mesari (Butchers, poetry, Naklada MD, Zagreb, 2001), Tri (Three, a novel, Profil, Zagreb, 2008), Je li to sve (Is That All, poetry, VBZ, Zagreb, 2009), a book of selected poems called Sami u toj šumi accompanied by photographs by Stanko Abadžić (Alone in Those Woods, Bibliofil, Zagreb, 2011), Everest (poetry, Fraktura, Zagreb, 2016), a book of selected poems in English called Waiting for the Frogs to Fall (HDP, 2017) and Drugi zakon termodinamike (The Second Law of Thermodynamics, a novel, VBZ, 2021). Mesari won the Vladimir Nazor Book of the Year Award and the Kvirin Prize for the Best Book of Poetry. His novel Tri won the 2008 T-Portal Award for the best Croatian novel. His books have been translated into German, Bulgarian, English, Macedonian and Slovenian. He lives in Zagreb. linku. Ostale naslove autora romana Drugi zakon termodinamike potražite ovdje

TRANSLATOR
Klaus Detlef Olof
Klaus Detlef Olof

Klaus Detlef Olof, who previously worked as a Slavic scholar at the universities of Klagenfurt and Graz, has also made a name for himself as a translator of South Slavic literature. He has translated France Prešeren, Miroslav Krleža, Drago Jančar, Zoran Ferić, Goran Vojnović and many others. He was awarded the Austrian State Prize for Literary Translation in 1991.