“The chauffeur takes off his blindfold and leaves him in front of an unfamiliar villa by a lake. The door opens to a dim living room. Crackling embers in the fireplace. Some twenty masked people, cloaked in black habits. Latin plainsong…”
From Absolution by Aleš Šteger, translated from the Slovene by by by Urška Charney and Noah Charney and published by Istros Books.
The literary thriller has been described as being in the tradition of Bulgakov, Gogol and Kafka and of being “a journey into the heart of a European darkness.”
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