A short selection of the vast praise heaped on Damir Karakaš new novel FOREST MEMORIES by the press throughout the ex-Yugoslavia:

Remembering forest is a great novel that comes in a small package, just like The Damned Yard, or L’Étranger, or The Winter Summer Holiday, or… complete the list on your own, it certainly is not going to be too long. Teofil Pančić, Globus, Zagreb, Croatia

His realism is truly “Hamsunian”, mesmerizing. He uses realistic means to create something that stands beyond realism. Miljenko Jergović, Jutarnji list, Zagreb, Croatia

While uncovering a different kind of forest, that of one’s own family, Damir Karakaš creates and takes his readers into a multi-layered world whose composition ranges from everyday activities to dreams and reveries… This novel occupies a prominent place in Croatian fiction.  Mira Muhoberac, Vijenac, Zagreb, Croatia

Every sentence in Forest Memories is well-thought-out and carefully composed. Karakaš is like a musician, he writes his text with the help of a metronome. There is no excess, not a single word, not a single letter is out of place here.  Almin Kaplan, Strane, Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

In a word: a remarkable book, a remarkable text; a true literary triumph in Croatian literature, and let us hope it will get the attention it deserves.  Ivan Tomašić, Booksa, Zagreb, Croatia

What Karakaš insists on in Forest Memories is the revival of one, I would call it, meditative and nature-inspired experience of the world. Throughout Forest Memories we run into passages that simply must take the reader back to that first impression of the world and nature. With this in mind, Karakaš’s book is extremely successful in “reconstructing” the impression of a child.  Đorđe Krajišnik, Oslobođenje, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Karakaš’s prose is as deadly as a swarm of wasps.  Mića Vujičić, Nin, Belgrade, Serbia

Forest Memories, Damir Karakaš’s novel composed of thirty-three exceptional miniatures on unusual coming of age, is so well thought through, so detailed and accurate in expression.  Stefan Bošković, Antena, Montenegro

 

By cutting deep into the flesh of the petrified patriarchy in Lika and the Balkans, anywhere actually, Damir Karakaš wrote an accurate and painful image made of flesh and blood, and such are the rarest.  Sanja Milić, Serbian Radio and Television

Karakaš’s novel succeeded precisely because the author plays with our childhood memories only to show the childhood not as an idyllic place, but as a place of unease and horror.  Nađa Bobičić, Politika, Belgrade, Serbia

Karakaš has always been known as a writer of minute strokes, as someone, let’s use footballing jargon, who needs little space to produce miracles, as a writer who above all cares about precision, which for him is more important that any kind of epic approach to his theme. He is perhaps the greatest Croatian writer of counter-epic direction: big ideas and big human formats, mostly coming out of the circumstances pumped up on political steroids and thievery, for Karakaš are completely passé: what everyone knows never moved this author.  Dario Grgić, Radio Belgrade, Serbia