The Snake Collector is the collection of thirteen best stories writen from 2001. to 2013. The collection includes the story Highway Patrol, which was the source for the five-episodes TV series directed by Zvonimir Jurić. Collection also includes the story Fourth King, which would be filmed soon. Volumes of stories included in this selection are published in Italian and German. Collection includes a foreword by Serbian novelist Dragan Velikić. Photo on the cover is a work of the photographer from Split Rino Efendić.
The main characteristic of this book is that it does not have a best story. Each of the stories is good, all of them are excellent.
"The Snake Collector" confirms a talent of the Croatian author, but this time in another- today very rare- register: of the short story.... Precize writing, sense for dramaturgy, laconic style: everything works well in this beautiful collection.
Don't even think to go to Croatia this summer without this incredible short story collection by the author of "Red Water"...
In "The Snake Collector" indirect way how Pavičić apoproaches to the recent history of Croatia leads to a kind of drama in five acts, a virtuoso composition served by a writing of rare plasticity. With a stroke of pen and with vivacity, Jurica Pavičić has a skill of choosing one or two telling details, to brush with brio and conciseness a portrait in just a few lines. Say so many things in so few words is a rare gift which once again he uses admirably.
A narrative talent of Jurica Pavičić, already noticed in "Red Water", comes back in a "Snake Collector", collection of five splendid short stories...
Short story suites to a taste of Croatian writer... It gives him an opportunity to revive, but without pathos ot judgement, the turmoils of recent history of its country