The Golden Shower

By (author): Luka Novak

Translated by: Urka Charney

The first novel by renowned Slovene publisher, politician, and TV personality Luka Novak is an intellectual farce, a surrealistic gallop through philosophy and art. With echoes of Thomas Pynchon and Woody Allen (with Hegel chanting in the background), we follow the ethical, erotic, and culinary adventures of a neurotic Slovene psychiatrist, a sassy Bosnian masseuse, a German mythology professor, and a politically-influential building contractor, involved in religious iconographic propaganda that incites a revolution in Venezuela. The witty and wildly original plot runs from Provence through Ljubljana and Tübingen to Caracas, and weaves in solutions to important ideas and questions: What do men want? What gender will rule the future? What is the destiny that Latin America deserves? And how is the Golden Shower from the Danäe myth linked to the Immaculate Conception?

AUTHOR

Luka Novak

Slovenian author, publisher, politician and TV personality, Luka Novak spent his early years in his native Slovenia (at that time part of Yugoslavia), and later spent time in Paris, Rome, and Tübingen, Germany. In 1993 he co-founded Vale-Novak Publishers, one of the most influential and trendsetting publishing houses in Slovenia, that he ran for almost two decades, published over one hundred titles, established an independent bookstore chain, and even opened the first concept store in Eastern Europe, selling books, fashion and food. Today, with his wife Valentina, he hosts a popular cookery and lifestyle TV show and is the author of many best-selling cookbooks and art books. He is the programme director of the Slovenian Book Fair, writes columns for the Slovenian media, is active as political consultant and ran for Mayor of Ljubljana in 2006. Luka Novak is fluent in five languages (English, French, German, Italian, Serbo-Croatian), and his mother tongue, Slovenian. He translated twenty books into Slovenian, including works by British author Julian Barnes (Flaubert’s Parrot), French writer Frédéric Beigbeder (Windows on the World) and Italian fin-de-siècle novelist Gabriele D’Annunzio (Il Piacere). The Golden Shower, first published in 2008 by Vale-Novak, is his first novel. He lives with his wife and four children in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

AUTHOR

Urka Charney

Educated as a Sinologist and Comparative Linguist, Urka Charney is a Slovene translator, photographer, and graphic designer. She has translated articles, poetry, and a novel, Zlati Dež (The Golden Shower) by Luka Novak, from Slovene into English.

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The first novel by renowned Slovene publisher, politician, and TV personality Luka Novak is an intellectual farce, a surrealistic gallop through philosophy and art. With echoes of Thomas Pynchon and Woody Allen (with Hegel chanting in the background), we follow the ethical, erotic, and culinary adventures of a neurotic Slovene psychiatrist, a sassy Bosnian masseuse, a German mythology professor, and a politically-influential building contractor, involved in religious iconographic propaganda that incites a revolution in Venezuela. The witty and wildly original plot runs from Provence through Ljubljana and Tübingen to Caracas, and weaves in solutions to important ideas and questions: What do men want? What gender will rule the future? What is the destiny that Latin America deserves? And how is the Golden Shower from the Danäe myth linked to the Immaculate Conception?

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Dimensions:

256 Pages

Published:

January 01, 2012

Publisher:

Guernica Editions

ISBN:

9781550716344

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Language:

eng

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