Prgin is a young goal-keeper about to enter the national football team. A Split football club is doing badly and it is only Prgin who can save them from impending disaster.
Two weeks before the Cup finals, Prgin runs over a cyclist on a dark road. He has been drinking and driving too fast. The traffic policemen decide to do him a favour by looking the other way, forging the report and covering up the whole thing. But it will not be long before they ask a favour in return, and in the Cup finals only Prgin can save the club against a better team from Zagreb.
This is a novel about football and people around it: those in the field and spectators. It is also a novel about a world who has seen better days – days when factories were working, when there were jobs, and when their club was winning.
Minuta 88 is a book about a world in which the events in the football field reflect what is happening around it.
A well-written novel with simple (though not flatly depicted) characters.
It’s obvious that “Minute 88” was written by football aficionado
For the author from Split, genre is a literary device, suitable way to outline a psycho-social portrait of a society in an eternal transition From Nothing To Nothing… That fall, decay into second-grade existence, that “post-historical” feeling that emanates from Pavičić’s fiction, that fall we necessarily have to recognize as our own story, whether we like it or not.
Recomandation….even if you are not a football fan
Pavičić has a skill, sentiment, and imagination and energy of Stephen King