Horror and Huge Expenses


“Simultaneously cynical and sentimental, hilarious and sad, these stories get under the skin of life. They have that hard-to-define but unmistakable spirit of truth that is ultimately what makes anything worth reading.” —David Szalay, author of Turbulence and All That Man Is


Outside of Croatia, Robert Perišić is best known for his novels, but short stories are what first garnered him recognition, and eventually led him to be considered one of Croatia’s most important contemporary voices. Horror and Huge Expenses is a career-spanning collection of stories that demonstrate why Perišić’s wryly incisive prose, able to hit so many registers, resonates with readers everywhere. From the frontlines of tragic ethnic conflicts to capturing the hilariously absurd realities of globalism, Perišić unapologetically renders failure and loss, so often finding aching beauty in both, by pulling readers into the stray thoughts and moments upon which all of our lives are built, whether we realize it or not.


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