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Andrija Matic | Burnout (2015)
Andrija Matić (1978) is a Serbian writer. His novels include A Blackout in Five Images (2013), Manhole (2009), and The Disappearance of Zdenko Kupresanin (2006). His collection of short stories is entitled The Museum of Modern Art (2010). He is also the author of T.S. Eliot: A Poet, Critic, Playwright (2007). Andrija Matić lives in Belgrade, Serbia. Andrija Matić (1978) objavio je romane Pomračenje u pet slika (2013), Šaht (2009) i Nestanak Zdenka Kuprešanina (2006), zbirku priča Muzej savremene umetnosti (2010) i studiju T. S. Eliot: pesnik, kritičar, dramski pisac (2007). Živi u Beogradu.
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Burnout (2015)

In his latest novel „Burnout“, Andrija Matić draws us slowly, step by step, into the dark inner whirlpool of the protagonist Branimir Rihter, a literature professor at the University of Light in Belgrade. His unhappy marriage, the stifling atmosphere at his university, his unfulfilled artistic ambitions, loneliness, traumas from the past, growing sense of not belonging to the society he is forced to live in – these are the pieces of a puzzle which will lead Rihter to an intellectual and emotional dead end where he will burn up.

„Burnout“ is a masterly-written novel about the conflict between a misfit and the devastated reality of Serbian transition, a tragic story of a man who found himself surrounded by the walls on all sides and disappeared in the flame of his own weakness.


Burnout confirms Matic as an author interested in the component of modernity which disturbs the consciousness, which does not entertain an illusion of eternal harmony, and which sparks off rebellion. What provokes in this novel, pulsating under its surface, is a delayed effect which continues to spread after we read the last page. If a book can give us such pleasure, it deserves our recognition.”

Marija Nenezić, Polja

Burnout explores the possibilities of an artistic expression in the contemporary world, questioning the purpose of art in the digital era. However, no matter how thorough this interpretation may seem, it obscures other important meanings in the text. This book is also a campus novel, a family novel, a postmodernist novel, an existential novel, and a romance. It can be interpreted in more ways than we can assume based on its word count. […] And when you become aware of all those questions after three or four hours of intense reading, you will be satisfied. I certainly was.”


Vladimir Arsenić, E-Novine


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