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Bil rojen kot spaka. Z nadpovprečnim razumom, ki kmalu ugotovi, da telo, željno uničevanja, ni za med ljudi.

Bil rojen kot spaka. Z nadpovprečnim razumom, ki kmalu ugotovi, da telo, željno uničevanja, ni za med ljudi. Pomaga mu lahko edino mafijski boter, ki ima dovolj denarja, da pošast izolira. A nič ni zastonj. Prišel je trenutek, ko mora spaka odplačati uslugo. Vrniti se mora med ljudi in za en teden postati telesni čuvaj.


Slovenija, prva izdaja: Beletrina, 2000
ZDA: Scala House Press, 2002, ISBN 0-9720287-1-4
Slovenija, druga izdaja: Dnevnik/DZS, 2004
ZDA, druga izdaja: North Atlantic Books/Random House, 2008,  ISBN: 978-1-55643-726-7
Srbija: Klett, 2008
Poljska: Grube Ryby, 2008
Italija: Nikita Editore, 2011, ISBN: 9788895812069
Turčija: Altın Bilek Yayınları, 2015, ISBN: 9786055831929



Publishers Weekly, September, 2002
“thoroughly unique black comedy … delightfully perverse and oddly touching story”, October 08, 2002
“Guarding Hanna is deceptively complex and ambitious…. Funny, readable, realistic and profound, Guarding Hanna offers a rewarding reading experience from an unlikely corner of the world.” Read more

Village Voice, November 27, 2002
“In his new book, Guarding Hanna, his first to be translated into English, [Mazzini has] created a bestial protagonist striving toward a dubiously enlightened humanity….This bleakly comic work opens with its epilogue: ‘How hard I tried! And fucked everything up.’…The book’s last 50 pages race along in one huge chase scene, with bones crunched and blood everywhere, until a shocking reversal loaded with bitter, lancing ironies.” Read more

Readers on the, from November 2002
“and as I turned the last page I really felt that for a second the world had stopped turning and that nothing would be the same again. Read this book, suspend your prejudices and leave your emotions unguarded, it will be all the more rewarding.” Read more

Seattle Times, January 17, 2003
“a tonic mix of menace and comedy that keeps things hopping right up to the book’s twist ending. … Still, the novel provides a superb introduction to a vital new voice in Eastern European literature, and most of it reads beautifully, as Mazzini pits primal instinct against comforting domesticity and misanthropic gloom against the wells of generosity. ” Read more   

Anthem Blog, January 22, 2003
“the darkly fascinating love story”

Selfnoise, February, 2003
“This Is Weird. Very very weird. Funny, Black, totally unique. From-orphanage-to-organized-crime story/Beauty and the Beast story (gone terribly wrong)/ typical thriller… sortof. You have to see it to understand. I like it… I think. Can’t put it down.”

Midwest Book Review, March, 2003
“an emotionally charged novel … is recommended as being a particularly involving and deftly written saga.” Read more

Booksense’s THE DAILY PICK, March 17, 2003
“A strange love story from one of Slovenia’s best-selling novelists.”

Nominated for International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, July 30, 2003 Read more

BThe Journal News, December 7, 2003
“Miha Mazzini’s “Guarding Hanna” (translated from the Slovenian) is the weird, elegant story of a conspicuously hairy, snout-nosed bodyguard predisposed to fits of violence and self-reflection. Much of the action takes place in the confines of Hanna’s Berlin apartment (she’s the witness our nameless deformed hero has been hired to protect). Amidst the taut chronicle of their week together — Hanna is chatty while the bodyguard remains taciturn; she brews herbal tea while he inadvertently kills intruders — certain truths arise. Suffering brings clarity. Salvation might descend at any moment. McDonald’s delivers (in Berlin). And finally: here’s one bodyguard who may not have been hired for the right reasons.” Read more