From this day on, you look at a proud author of the novel called “Dronstad: The Quarantine.” I wrote it in 2013, published it on this day January 28th. It’s on sale on the “Hitchhiker’s Guide” Association portal with a price tag of 1000 RSD, or to put it in US dollars, that would be 10$. I already sold my first copy, so that makes me excited and hopeful. A few of my friends are reading the first part of the saga, and soon I’ll be able to see reviews. As all military fiction books have, the whole subject I chose to work with is not light material, so the critique won’t be all positive. Besides, if everything was perfect, it always looks too good to be true. The reviews will be real, honest opinions, and if these readers recommend my novel to future readers, that is all fine by me. The book comes with a warning because some scenes in the novel are hard to digest. Nevertheless, the editing I did with my team made this first book of excellent quality.
I have to tell you that the novel is in Serbian, not in English, so I can’t direct you to the portal and call everyone to purchase the book and read it. One of the reasons why I have Patreon is because I think it would be nice if I could translate my novel and publish it worldwide. Let’s wait and see how the book goes with the audience in my country, and if the results are great, my team and I can plan out the next step.
And this is not all. There is a word from my editor that went inside the novel. I liked it very much; therefore, I am sharing that in this post in its entirety.
People are much more moral than they think,
and far more immoral than I can imagine.
At the moment when this conversation takes place, the whole world as we know it collapses and faces (and proves that it is utterly unprepared for it) a danger that tests the very postulates of modern society. Reality seems to be trying to test whether author’s ‘what-if’ settings are – almost Saramago-like ironically – correct.
In his novel, the author is not subject to demands for political correctness and calls things by a direct, often vulgar, but real name, showing us the world of the main character as he really is – dark, rude, violent, at the same time naked and forbidden – wild.
Although there is nothing new in a dystopian theme, the author, in his own way, tests the limits to which extent every normal person is, in fact, normal... as well as to which extent one’s identity remains intact in the face of the problems that it overpowers. In other words, the theme follows the Freudian thought that the size of your identity is determined by the size of the problem that can throw you out of balance.
The author knows and demonstrates the difference between a human being and a man, per se, and how a man acts in a specific situation, how those actions differ in his relationship with others and with himself. It represents how actions are portrayed in the interactions of characters, never questioning someone as a person, but exclusively the behavior of that person in a particular context and the conditionalities arising from the specific situation in which a given person is placed.
In a story in which isolation and war in an urban environment discredit a mature man, making him a beast beyond the limits of what is necessary, removing rule and civility from the corpus of his behavior, we follow a young man who has yet to form his own personality. In a sea of nonsense and absurdity, the protagonist sometimes acts as a distant, alienated, silent observer of the people and events surrounding him; sometimes his actions reveal grains of light, while sometimes he kneels and allows the darkness of absolute madness to swallow him, extracting the worst from him.
Dronstad is a modern novel, charged with action, carefully designed and rounded, and presented to the reader as a polygon, symbolically quarantined, where it is examined whether a breath of humanity and a grain of light is enough to move things or darkness and hopelessness still prevail.
The novel was published by the Hitchhiker’s Guide Association, symbolically closing the year of 2020 with an electronic edition and in print opening the year 2021. With hope that humanity will still have the strength to avoid the complete Dronstad scenario, we wish you a pleasant reading.
Author: Mira Satarić, editor of the novel “Dronstad: Quarantine.”
Thank you all for the support, kind words and your friendship. I finally made it. Talk to you soon.