The Apology and the Last Days

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ISBN 978-0-8101-2823-1
Publication Date
July 2012
Page Count
136 pages
Trim Size
5.5 x 8.5

The Apology and the Last Days

A Novel

Originally published in 1975, The Apology and the Last Days is the final volume in a trilogy of novels—also including The Rise and Fall of Icarus Gubelkian and How to Quiet a Vampire—about the aftermath of World War II, by Borislav Pekić, one of the former Yugoslavia’s most important postwar writers. The narrator tells his story from prison, where he is serving time for the murder of a former Nazi official. As the novel unfolds, we learn that the victim was the same person whom the narrator, while a lifeguard during the war, saved from drowning, thus making him vulnerable to charges of collaboration. In this tragicomic tale, Pekic´ explores eternal questions of fate and individual responsibility.

About the Author

Borislav Pekić (1930–1993) was born in Montenegro, Yugoslavia. In 1948 he was accused of organizing a student conspiracy against the state and sentenced to fif­teen years of hard labor. He was pardoned in 1954. Ten years later he won a major Yugoslav literary prize for The Time of Miracles. One of Yugoslavia’s most acclaimed writers, he lived in England from 1971 until his death.


Bojan Mišić holds an M.A. in comparative literature from San Diego State University.