Split by Night is a collection consisting of some forty newspaper articles and essays, written between 2000 and 2004, and dedicated to Split. The texts represent the chronicle of Split in its most sensitive transition stage: the rally on Riva and Thompson’s concert in Poljud, Sanader’s rise to power, unstable coalition governments, and the Split-Zagreb highway under construction. It is also a time when the reputation of Dalmatia sank lower than it had ever done in history. The heroes of this book are politicians, mayors, street bullies and hooligans, athletes, and pop-singers – as well as bankrupt factories, burnt ornithological reserves, and sprawl. The book has been thematically divided into five sections, each part being entitled by a well-known verse taken from popular music: Šuvar i varivo (the industrial past), Zidam kuću trokatnicu (town-planning), Judi, zviri i beštimje (politics), Maslina je neobrana (life in Dalmatia), and Ta tvoja barka mala (regional stereotypes).
With this collection of essays dedicated to Split, Pavičić painted a convincing picture of the second largest Croatian town, as well as of Croatia herself…insightful chronicler of the circumstances in Split and our best columnist
Pavičić’s book does credit both to journalists’ and writers’ guild.
Texts on Split, now collected in one place, serve as a document to the town’s troubled urbanity…