Belgrade, with all of its historical complexity, joins Zagreb and Prague in representing the Eastern European dimension of the Akashic Noir Series.
“Ivanović's contributions are from Serbian, Bosnian, Croatian, and Finnish writers--all admirably noirish.”
“History haunts Belgrade...An anthology that has its share of winners.”
"You have thieves, traitors, spies, corrupt doctors, psychiatric patients, former policemen, and mafia clans all represented in these stories."
--Journey of a Bookseller
Akashic Books continues its award-winning series of original noir anthologies, launched in 2004 with Brooklyn Noir. Each book comprises all new stories, each one set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the respective city.
Brand-new stories by: Oto Oltvanji, Misha Glenny, Kati Hiekkapelto, Vesna Goldsworthy, Mirjana Đurđević, Vladan Matijević, Muharem Bazdulj, Vladimir Arsenijević, Dejan Stojiljković, Miljenko Jergović, Aleksandar Gatalica, Vule Žurić, Verica Vincent Cole, and Goran Skrobonja.
From the introduction by Milorad Ivanović:
Belgrade, meaning “White City,” is located in Southeast Europe at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers...Alfred Hitchcock once said that certain creepy parts of Belgrade unnerved him and would be ideal settings for thrillers. Thieves, traitors, spies, corrupt doctors, psychiatric patients, former policemen, mafia clans--they all appear in the pages of this book.
Even in the worst periods of its history, Belgrade was always a multicultural, multireligious, and multinational city. This anthology illustrates that. Alongside our Serbian authors, there are stories written by Croatian, Bosnian, British, and Finnish writers. The same is true for our great team of translators, which includes Americans, Serbians, Bosnians, and an Albanian...
Right now, you likely believe there are a number of cities throughout the world that would make better settings for good noir stories. But I am quite certain that after reading this book, you will find yourself seduced by the dark charm of the White City.
Part I: While the City Sleeps
"Underneath It All Runs the River of Sadness" by Oto Oltvanji (Block 45, New Belgrade)
"An Ad in Večernje Novosti" by Kati Hiekkapelto (Fontana, New Belgrade)
"How to Pickle a Head of Cabbage" by Vesna Goldsworthy (Knez Mihailova Street)
"Undermarket" by Mirjana Đurđević (Vračar)
Part II: The Dark Corner
"A Different Person" by Vladan Matijević (King Aleksandar Boulevard)
"Black Widow, White Russian" by Muharem Bazdulj (Palilula)
"Regarding the Father" by Vladimir Arsenijević (Topčiderska Zvezda)
Part III: Once Upon a Time
"Neon Blues" by Dejan Stojiljković (The Manjež)
"The Case of Clerk Hinko, a Noose, and Luminal" by Miljenko Jergović (Maršala Birjuzova Street)
"Phantom of the National Theater" by Aleksandar Gatalica (Republic Square)
"The Man Who Wasn't Mars" by Vule Žurić (Pioneer Park)
Part IV: Kiss Me Deadly
"The Touch of Evil" by Verica Vincent Cole (Lekino Brdo)
"Alter Ego Inc." by Goran Skrobonja (Učiteljsko Naselje)
"The RAT" by Misha Glenny (Dorćol)