OVACIJE VLADIMIRU PIŠTALU U BOSTONU

05.02.2015. Promocija američkog izdanja romana "Tesla, portret medju maskama" ("Tesla, A Portrait With Masks")


Petog februara 2015 u prepunoj knizari "Brukljajn Boksmit" Vladimir Pistalo je predstavio svoju knjigu "Tesla Portret Medju Maskama" u izdanju Graywold Press. Iako je te veceri bostonska temperatura bila najniža od 1895. godine, kultna bostonska knjizara je bila prepuna.

Vladimir Pištalo je izrazio zahvalnost što američku turneju počinje u gradu u kom je svoje poslednje godine proveo veliki americki pisac Sol Belou, i za koji je lično vezan. Publika je srdačno pozdravila roman koji je već dobio i nekoliko izvrsnih kritika u americkoj stampi.  Posle mnogobrojnih pitanja zainteresovanih slušalaca organizacioni savet izdavaca "Graywolf Press" u Bruklajnu je organizovao prijem u čast Pištalovog romana.

Posle Bostona, Pištalo ce prestaviti "Teslu" u kultnoj knjizari na Porter Skveru u Kembdridzu, na Čikaškom univerzitetu u Čikagu, na Kolumbija univerzitetu u Njujorku, na Univerzitetu u Nju Hempsiru,  u Vusteru Masacusec i u srpskoj ambasadi u Vašingtonu.

Engleski prevod Pištalovog romana "Tesla, portret medju maskama" ("Tesla, A Portrait With Masks", preveli su je Bogdan Rakić i Džon Džefris), objavio je Graywold Press, jedan od najpoznatijih američkih izdavača, pre samo mesec dana, 6.januara ove godine, a knjiga je već zapazena po izuzetno pozitivnim kritikama. Rečima “Pistalo je moderni klasik.“ veliki američki pesnik srpskog porekla Čarls Simić je propratio izlazak romana Tesla, portret među maskama na engleskom jeziku.

Ovaj roman je i u Srbiji ostavrio nezabeležen uspeh  -  nakon NIN-ove nagrade, i Nagrade Narodne biblioteke Srbije za najčitaniju knjigu, već 6 godina jedna je od najprodavanijih knjiga na našem tržištu, ušla je u čitanke za osnovnu školu i gimnaziju, objavljena sa uspehom u svim bivšim jugoslovenskim republikama, a američko izdanje je 11 prevod ove knjige na neki od stranih jezika. Objavljen je i kao zvučna knjiga koju je pročitao glumac Petar Božović.

Poznati američki pisci su u povodu izlaska ove knjige napisali:

Divno napisan, uzasno zabavan & neverovatno originalan. Roman Tesla, Portret Medju Maskama poseduje bogatstvo, polet, duhovitost i originalnost. Pistalo je moderni klasik.

Charls Simic

Tesla je  meditacija o ranim, definisucim godinama modernog doba., kadra da nas smesta i duboko zainteresuje.  Vladimir Pistalo je ocrtao munjom oivičen portret genija, moćan i transformativan kao elektricitet sam

Ken Kalfus

Mnogo sta je napisano o Tesli ali Pistalov nesvakidasnji i duboko originalni roman uspeva da nam kaze nesto sasvim novo - ne samo o briljantnom pronalazacu, "ludom geniju",  nego i i nacinu na koji knjizevnost i mašta mogu preobraziti biografiju u veliku umetnost.

Frensin Prouz

AGORA Press služba

AN ELECTRIC NOVEL OF THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE OF ONE OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY’S MOST PRODIGIOUS AND COLORFUL INVENTORS


* A Spring 2015 Discover Great New Writers selection at Barnes & Noble *


“Much has been written about Nikolai Tesla, but Vladimir Pištalo’s extraordinary and profoundly original novel manages to tell us something entirely new—not only about the brilliant ‘mad-genius’ inventor but also about the ways in which literature and the imagination can transform biography into great art.”—Francine Prose

The influence of Serbian inventor Nikola Tesla is undeniable. His hundreds of inventions and ideas, from the alternating current electrical supply system to wireless communication to remote control, have changed our lives in profound ways. In the public imagination, Tesla is known both as the man who invented the twentieth century and an early archetype of the mad scientist. One thing is clear: he was a key innovator in the incredibly exciting electrical age near the turn of twentieth century. But what do we really know about the eccentric, mercurial man behind it all?

Vladimir Pištalo’s biographical novel, Tesla: A Portrait with Masks, wonderfully evokes the drama of that era as it covers the full arc of Tesla’s life. Pištalo captures high-profile events such the War of the Currents with Thomas Edison, which culminated in Tesla’s triumph at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, to his later years, when he lived in poverty at the New Yorker Hotel. But he also turns to lesser-known aspects of Telsa’s life, such as his boyhood in Serbia, for insight into what drove him: a fraught relationship with his father, an Orthodox Priest, and the early death of his brother, which haunted Tesla throughout his life. In Pištalo’s capable hands, Tesla’s emotional life is vividly brought to the page in a way that humanizes a mysterious, seemingly unknowable man.

“Vladimir Pistalo’s new novel abounds with energy. His sentences crackle with fantastical images. . . . Tesla is a dynamo of a novel, and Pistalo writes as though he's fueled by a power plant of his own devising.”Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

Vladimir Pištalo was born in Sarajevo in 1960. He studied law in Belgrade and Sarajevo and received a PhD in American history from the University of New Hampshire. Pištalo’s first story came out in a literary magazine when he was eighteen, and his first book was published when he was twenty-one. Since that time, he has published eleven books of fiction. Tesla: A Portrait with Masks, his first book to be translated into English, won the 2008 NIN Literary Award, the most prestigious award in Serbia, and has appeared in ten languages. He teaches US and world history at Becker College in Massachusetts.


JANUARY 6, 2015
, Fiction, 472 pages, 6 x 9, $18.00, Paperback Original, ISBN 978-1-55597-697-2

MORE PRAISE FOR TESLA: A PORTRAIT WITH MASKS

“Beautifully written, immensely entertaining, and astonishingly original in the way it tells the story of a man who they used to say ‘invented the twentieth century,’ but whose life is still an enigma, Tesla: A Portrait with Masks has the richness, the high jinks and the originality of such modern classics as Günter Grass’s The Tin Drum and Gabriel García Márquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude.” - Charles Simic

“A compelling fictionalized account of inventor Nikola Tesla’s inscrutable and solitary life. . . . Pištalo’s thorough account of a great man's personality and habits is done to fine effect.” - Publishers Weekly

“A novel aflame with the energy of a singular life. . . . Pištalo’s potent imagination allows him to see beyond the events into Tesla’s tortured heart, exposing the proud visionary’s existential fears and his strange delusions. . . . Thanks to talented translators, English-speaking readers now share a prize-winning Serbian masterpiece.” - Booklist, starred review

 
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