Dusan Sarotar in B O D Y

“In the narrow corridors and dark rooms of the once-elegant Hotel Dobray in the sleepy town of Sóbota, in a forgotten land wedged between Hungary and Yugoslavia, human destinies collide like the billiard balls in the hotel’s casino…”

So reads the opening to the publisher’s description of Dušan Šarotar’s haunting Billiards at the Hotel Dobray, translated from the Slovene by Rawley Grau. Set in March 1945 as the war comes to its close and the Red Army closes in on its ambiguous liberation, the novel is the first to “treat the fate of the Jews in Slovenia during the Holocaust” while displaying a fascinating, colorful cast of characters from a world lost to history.

Read the novel’s opening chapter in B O D Y’s Saturday European Fiction here.

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