Published: 7th October 2012
Dragan Todorovic’s Little Red Transistor Radio from Trieste is the first collection of his uniquely dark, surreal and searing short stories. From a young boy discovering rock ‘n’ roll rebellion via his transistor radio in a small town in the former Yugoslavia, to a speculative supermarket where even the fake fruit and air fresheners can’t hide pervasive shades of death, these stories encounter other ‘possible selves’, passengers, angels and voyeurs; things are lost and found and nowhere or no-one is quite as they appear to be.
Combining blistering observations with an unnerving and precise articulation of our worst-kept secrets and fears, these stories come to vivid and spellbinding life at Dragan Todorovic’s command; in compelling dreams and nightmares they redraw the boundaries between the real and the imagined.
'Dragan Todorovic is a master storyteller, ushering us into familiar worlds and then disturbing the peace, charming us with his wit only to outwit us with his magic. His fictions are sharp, elegant, and shapely and deeply, deliciously consoling.' - Maureen Freely
'These strange and beautiful stories ask us the very deepest questions about ourselves. I loved them.' - Scarlett Thomas
Dragan Todorovic is a writer and multimedia artist whose publications include eight books of nonfiction, poetry and fiction. He has worked extensively in print and electronic media, both in Serbia (where he was born) and in Canada (where he lived between 1995 and 2005). Some of his articles, books and artistic projects have won international awards. Little Red Transistor Radio from Trieste is his first collection of short stories to be published in the United Kingdom.