Towards the Land of the Tapirs
Translator Jana and her family live in a quiet suburb of Zagreb, the capital of Croatia. Endeavoring to resolve childhood trauma which still haunts her, Jana is writing a novel – vaguely hoping that, by managing her characters’ lives, she might be able to regain control over her own and end her depression caused by painful memories.
But little does she suspect that dark shadows from the past have conspired against her efforts to ultimately sever the bonds of her dark family heritage – and against her faith. Her quiet family life is about to be invaded by a forceful attack of hateful forces, the memory of which she is desperately trying to put behind her. They enter her home uninvited, threatening to crush her faith and destroy her family, cornering her into taking a stand and sticking out the spiritual fight regardless of the price.
The old Serbian village sorcery has made its way into the urban setting of post-war Zagreb – and this time it is coming after her daughter. Jana has only two choices: she will either have to give up on attempting to rescue her child, trusting God to intervene, or resort to the dark forces again by seeking the help of a fortune-teller.
Davor Teresak - Croatia
|Format:||22 x 14 cm, paperback|
|Number of Characters:||665000|
|Number of Words:||120000|
|Number of Edition:||1|
- TOWARDS THE LAND OF THE TAPIRS is different from most novels on the Christian book market since it is not a „contemporary Christian fairy tale“ nor a predictable story of a person involved in the occult who becomes a Christian thanks to God's love and power, and to the support of a strong local church. It is not a book in which evil fictional characters get either converted or punished. Devoid of all clichés of the Christian subculture's discourse, it is a faithful depiction of actual events that have taken place (80% of material is autobiographical) rendered in a fictional form – sometimes even a painful account of the main character's spiritual crisis and her clinging to her faith in the oddest circumstances.
- The story reads like a thriller. The suspense and an unexpected twist to the story are achieved through intertwining of reality –the main character's own life – with the narrative she is shaping.
- The message of the novel is extremely relevant for considering Christian issues in the contemporary Postmodern and New Age cultural environment, in which tolerance is imposed as the highest value and all aspects of ethnic heritage, including the occult, are being indiscriminately promoted. The novel basically communicates to readers: „Keep away from the occult and trust God with your life. He is faithful.“
Query letter and manuscript available in English.