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Meet Albania’s Deputy Minister of Slogans

Fiction Attic Press is delighted to announce two new editions of the strange, funny, thought-provoking stories of the enigmatic Jiri Kajanë. In The Guardian, Ian Jack puzzled over their origins while praising the stories’ “laconic strangeness.”

Smart, irreverent, and surprisingly moving, the adventures of Albania’s fictitious Deputy Minister of Slogans are more relevant now than ever. Great for the politico or propagandist in your life, the one who just can’t shut up about politics at the dinner table.

Winter in Tirana: The Stories of Jiri Kajanë (Vol. 1)

Set against the final days of the Albanian empire, Winter in Tirana follows an unnamed narrator–the Deputy Minister of Slogans–and his young friend Leni as they attempt to navigate a landscape of shifting political alliances and unsettling personal affairs. By turns funny, profound, and deeply moving, Winter in Tirane is an exploration of the meaning of identity, the power of suggestion, and the complex relationship between a story and its creator. BUY THE BOOK

Some Pleasant Daydream: The Stories of Jiri Kajanë (Vol. 2)

Continuing where Winter in Tirana leaves off: Enver Hoxja is dead, and so is Hansa Splite. Albania’s Deputy Minister of Slogans has lost his true love, Ana, and is still trying to reshape his world without her. The forever optimistic Leni, faced with his own romantic and economic trials, has grand plans to turn their fortunes around. In these six stories, as funny as they are poignant, the two friends forge ahead with schemes that strike a fine balance between absurdity and practicality. In a final twist as strange as the Ministry of Slogans itself, Kajanë proves that a story, like a life, is as true as you make it.

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About the Author

Time Out Scotland once named Jiri Kajanë “the second greatest living Albanian writer,” after Ismail Kadare. But who is Kajanë?

According to some accounts, Kajanë was raised in Kruje, Albania. His satirical drama, Neser Perdite (Tomorrow, Every Day), is rumored to have received great acclaim in a singular 1981 performance before being banned by the Albanian Ministry of Culture. Due to Kajane’s allegedly precarious standing before the revolution, his work has never been published in his home country. Kajane has never been photographed.


Originally published at Fiction Attic Press.