The Bridge :: Zoran Živković

The Bridge

by Zoran Živković

Translated from Serbian by Alice Copple-Tošić

What is the link between red hair, a red bowling ball and a red bikini? Between an overcoat with asymmetrical lapels, a scarf with two blotches and a pair of non-matching sneakers? In this brainteasing trio of stories, Zoran Živković explores the collision of realities: a man encounters an alternate self, a woman out on a shopping trip runs into her dead neighbor and a fourteen-year-old girl chases her seventeen-year-old future son across town. Through absurd predicament, surreal situations and hot pursuit, Živković addresses deep and ultimately poignant questions of fate and chance, the vagaries of human character and the hidden potential which lies within us all.

Winner of the 2007 Isidora Sekulić Award
Winner of the Golden Hit Liber Award (given by Serbian National Television to the most prominent prose book published in 2007)
Shortlisted for the 2007 NIN Award

Also included in Impossible Stories II.


  • …this is more than a simple concept story. It’s rich and can be read on multiple levels. The so-called bridge appears multiple times, whether literally or metaphorically. The three disparate stories are also interlinked and keen readers will spot the clues and the details which kindles one’s sense of wonder…
    —Charles Tan, Bibliophile Stalker
  • …an exercise in puzzlement. It is a series of three linked stories; each story having a beginning, a middle, and an end. The stories are individually and collectively surreal, with a sense of randomness that wanders between the profound and the comedic, the implausible and the impossible.
    ‐Karen Burnham, Bookblips


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