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by Marko Vignjević

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Also available as an audiobook on Storytel here.


Shezlez the Self-Proclaimed is an absurdist story about a poor man’s ambition to organise his own political party in an unnamed country characterised by moral apathy, poverty and heartless bureaucracy. Upon his first speech, so rousing as to attract the attention of the Progressive Party, Shezlez finds himself embroiled in a corrupt scheme of deceit and backstabbing in the leadup to the upcoming mayoral elections. A Machiavellian tale of political ambition, Shezlez the Self-Proclaimed examines the fickleness of loyalty, and interrogates the perennial question of whether the pursuit of power, no matter how idealistic its genesis, can ever remain a noble quest.

About the Author

Marko Vignjevic was born on the 9th of August, 1978 and lives and works in Belgrade, Serbia. He began writing poetry while in high school and graduated to fiction in 2005. In 2011, he began to write in English and translated two of his books into English which went on to be published. His first Serbian-language novel, Father’s Milk (Očevo mleko), is the winner of the 2017 Arete's Book Contest of the Year and was praised as a modern classic of Serbian literature.

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ISBN: 978-981-14-4119-6 (paperback) / 978-981-14-5964-1 (e-book)
Published: 2020
Dimension: 130mm x 200mm  
Extent: 124
Finish: Paperback



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