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It is twenty-five years into the future, and a glitch in the global communications network is ripping a previously united world apart at the seams. The millennials find themselves hardest hit - among them childhood friends Evan, an addict theatre director; Kras, a family patriarch and ex-war-minister; and Zoja, an anarchist poet. As they prepare to celebrate their fiftieth ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published November 1st 2018 by Oneworld Publications (first published January 1st 2013)
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Dec 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nagyon jól megírt könyv ez, csak egyáltalán nem az én világom. A megírás minősége öt csillag (minden tiszteletem a kiadóé és a fordítóé, hogy bevállalták és elkészítették), az élmény három. Pedig engem ugyan nem szokott zavarni, ha egy regényből a sci-fi vonal szinte teljesen hiányzik, a cselekménye nehezen követhető, ellenben túlteng benne a filozófia.

Hazudnék, ha azt mondanám, hogy egyáltalán nem kötött le. De akkor is, ha azt mondanám, hogy nagyon érdekelt, hova futnak ki az események. A más
[2.5] In/Half is described as being set 25 years in the future, but too much of it reads as if it were written 25 years in the past.

The current blurb gives the impression of a story in which Millenials find themselves hit by the breakdown of the internet when they are middle-aged. Which sounds pretty intriguing.

It is twenty-five years into the future, and a glitch in the global communications network is ripping a previously united world apart at the seams. The millennials find themselves harde
lark benobi
It took me a relatively long time to sink comfortably into the rhythms of this novel. One needs to be comfortable, for a time, with not having a very good idea at all about what's going on. The story is set in the near future, after a cataclysm has rendered electronic connectivity impossible. Stories of three characters are presented here, in an appealing mix of surreal and grubby. Coincidences and connections didn't always make sense to me but after a while I didn't worry about it--I was just s ...more
Urška O.o
Jul 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
GENIALNO delo, povsem upravičeno nagrajeno za prvenec leta. Avtor ostaja ves čas na visoki intelektualni ravni, brez nepotrebnih prispodob in ostalega balasta podaja "širšo sliko" o posamezniku in družbi nasploh. Brez "rožnatih očal" na nosu, samo gola dejstva.
Knjiga, ki bi jo želela imeti v svoji knjižni zbirki; knjiga, ki mi bo še nekaj časa hranila in dramila možgane; in knjiga, ki jo bom vsekakor prebrala vsaj še enkrat, saj je zame, priznam, prezahtevna in je nisem v celoti razumela že v pr
Wiola Myszkowska
May 20, 2019 rated it liked it
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3,5 I think.
It definitely was written by a Slav. Gloomy, gray vision of near future which is very characteristic also for Polish speculative literature. Or any other genre, really ;)
Story: Blurb was really encouraging and interesting. Concept is brilliant. Still, it's not action based but internal and external (relationships) character development. Sometimes it's very (but not straight forward) philosophical and reminds me early cyberpunk novels. Which is kinda interesting when You realise that
Mark White
Sep 05, 2020 rated it did not like it
Too consciously "literary" for its own good this book is dense as Tolstoy, pointless as Woolf. Filled with "See what I did there? See how smart I am?" The story is lost in the style. This is the sort of book that puts people off Literature (with a capital L).
Sep 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mogoče bi moral to knjigo še enkrat prebrati, da bi bil popolnoma pošten do nje. Knjiga je zelo strnjena in izčiščena v smislu kaj želi povedati.
Ampak kot prvenec misli, da je pametnejša od samega sebe.
Po pravici mislim, da je celo to namerno. Avtorja zato še bolj ceniš, ker se gre literarni globalizem, ki bi ga lahko enačili recimo le še z tropom upokojencev, ki jih vlačijo od Louvra pa do žebljarskega muzeja Kokre in so pri tej tranziciji vse zmedeni in počaščeni, malo gosposki in malo poniž
The Idle Woman
Nov 13, 2019 rated it did not like it
It takes a lot for me not to finish a book. In the past, I’ve forced myself through novels in the hope they’ll suddenly improve, because I hate leaving things incomplete. But now, dear reader, I have been defeated. Perhaps it’s my time of life. Being in your mid-thirties brings a deeper awareness of mortality, and the fact that time is finite. Perhaps I have less free time than I used to have, and am disinclined to spend that time on things that don’t actually bring me pleasure. Or perhaps it re ...more
Steven Ward
Nov 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Whether because of translation or the original writing, it is often easy to lose track of names, point of view, who is speaking, and place in time. It doesn’t seem like this disorientation is intentional.

Despite the lack of clarity, though, there are many brilliant expositions of spatial and experiential depth, and the narrative - even through confusion - is compelling.
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
With regret, large sections of this (the Kras chapters) were just utterly dull and spoiled the rest.
Andrew Wallace
Nov 19, 2019 rated it liked it
This is the first Slovenian novel I’ve read, and it does a nice line in snarky, brutally honest character analysis, particularly of the Wolf family, whose part-demented/part-deeply ordinary relationships mean a fiftieth birthday party takes almost a year of emotional chess to arrange. The book is set twenty-five years in the future, and looks at how millennials respond to a fractured world as they reach their fiftieth year. Three of them – ex war minister Kras, poet Zoja and theatre director Eva ...more
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Fél/be a Galaktika Fantasztikus Könyvek sorozatában jelent meg, amit az indokolhat, hogy a történet egy poszt-apokaliptikus világot tár elénk, eléggé disztópikus hangulatban. Mégis úgy érzem, hogy inkább szépirodalmi a mű, mint sci-fi.
A regény eleje kihívás elé állított, ugyanis a tőmondatok rettentően zavaróak voltak. Egy időre félre is tettem a könyvet, mert nem éreztem hangulatot hozzá. Egy hét elteltével ismét kézbe vettem, és lassan kezdtem ráhangolódni. Lassan a tőmondatokból kerek egész
Apr 26, 2020 rated it liked it
I re-read In/Half for a book club this month. This time, I read an English translation. This is a dystopian novel, set in a future where a big event drastically changed the world as we know it. The story follows three characters and their circumstances, which at the end come together in a cohesive story. What I liked about this novel, are dynamics between characters, in particular in one of the story following an intersting family situation. I think the end went a bit over me, but otherwise this ...more
Nancy White
Sadly I don’t think I “got” this novel at all. I’ve read the other reviews and honestly I still don’t understand what it was about. Maybe Slovenian literature just isn’t for me? I found this whole novel weird and the plot nonsensical and yet still somehow unsatisfying. Not my thing at all. I just didn’t get it. Very literary though, I guess, so perhaps one to read if you consider yourself to be an erudite reader of world literature? Idk. Not what I want out of spec fic though, personally.
Joseph Spuckler
Oct 08, 2020 rated it liked it
As someone who has passed the landmark of fifty a few years back, I found myself unable to relate to the characters. Perhaps it is my experience over the authors perception of age. I also found many of the sentences short and put together almost as bullet points rather than the flowing language I am used to in fiction. Perhaps this is a book for the younger crowd and I am a bit too old for it. I won’t pass judgement on it and will leave this to the younger crowd.
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I wasn't able to finish the book. The characters are extremely unlikable, and the story moves around a lot. I almost flipped through to read the parts about Kras and his family, because they sometimes made me laugh.
Jul 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
I'm sure this book is really deep.
Jonathan yates
Nov 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
this was most fun to read, i read it in two sittings, there may be confusing parts and some rambling parts but overall it was just so fun to read i can't help but giving it all the stars
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Read the English translation In/Half. Loved the premise of this dystopian book - but for most of it I had no idea what was going on. Lost in transation?
Daniele Foa'
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
Evan's chapters are nice. For the rest it is just a Bruce Sterling's wannabe...
M Tat
Dec 16, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Typically the writing style of something like this is really provocative and engaging. . .however I could not fathom anything other than a persistent sense of 'disconnectedness' throughout the writing. This writing style will be jarring to so many readers, and the shifts in both style and perspective (or priority?) of each character will really throw a number of readers. This is unfortunate because so many would benefit from a more unique writing style as this. . .but there will be a great many ...more
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JASMIN B. FRELIH is an award-winning writer from Slovenia.
His first novel Na/pol (Cankarjeva publishing house, 2013) received the best literary debut award at the annual Slovenian Book Festival, was shortlisted for the best Slovenian novel award Kresnik, and was chosen to represent Slovenian literature at the 14th European First Novel Festival in Budapest. After winning the European Union Prize fo

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