Ivana Bodrožić' book among The Best International Crime Novels of 2021


“We Trade Our Night for Someone Else’s Day” by Ivana Bodrožić has been chosen among The Best International Crime Novels of 2021 by CrimeReads, an American culture website dedicated to the best writing from the worlds of crime, mystery, and thrillers.

Bodrožić is one of only four European authors featured on this TOP 10 list, and CrimeReads wasn’t short on the praise when talking about her novel, translated by the renowned Ellen Elias-Bursać:

“Ivana Bodrožić’s newly translated novel of trauma, vengeance, and despair is as noir as they come. A journalist’s arrival in an unnamed city where neighborhoods are long on memory and short on justice is the catalyst for new explosions of ethnic hatred. The journalist is there to interview a Croatian woman imprisoned for sleeping with her Serbian student and convincing him to murder her husband. She’s also there on a mission to find out the truth about her long-missing father, if her quiet connection with a nonpartisan taxi driver doesn’t derail her quest. Bleak, devastating, and lyrical in equal measures.”

Originally published in 2016 in Croatia, it was awarded The Balkan Noir prize for Best Crime Novel in the South-Eastern European region, USA edition was published earlier this year by Seven Stories Press to amazing reviews including the one in The New York Times which simply concluded: “Bodrozic, mediated by Ellen Elias-Bursac’s assured translation, chronicles what a country chooses to remember, and what it consciously forgets, with confidence and grace.”