English - "The Man Who Rode a Tiger" 2010 / Translated by: Gregor Timothy Čeh
The combined world of the most recent fruits of Pregelj's imagination has a starting point with a most unusual setting: the orbital station ISS Zarya, nearly four hundred kilometres above Earth. The first-person narrator of the novel, the forty three year old Soviet cosmonaut Artiom Khachikyan has been living there for over two years. At the beginning of each chapter he keeps reminding us of the situation he is in and what he is doing, thus roughly maintaining a space-time throughout the novel [...]. Having recently lost all contact with mission control on Earth, his only link with the blue planet are his memories and contemplations. [...] From his space perspective the worries and preoccupations of life on Earth show themselves in a double light: to the reader they seem like petty and unimportant in comparison to Khachikyan’s arrival in awe-inspiring space; to the protagonist they are grave and crucial since they comprise his past – the only thing he has. [...] Pregelj’s aim is not to stir the reader’s yearning and leave it unsatisfied. Everything he offers on his menu has been well prepared. The power of his narrative is excellent because it is encouraged by a limitless imagination. [...] We are dealing with an isolated world with little time for nonsense, given meaning throughout by stories, importance, traditions and belief in good. Miracles and great stories are, in Pregelj’s case at least, still convincing.
Tina Vrščaj in Pogledi The world needs stories, beautiful, terrible, complicated stories. How great it is to see that Pregelj’s story does not slide into the light world of new age spirituality, but attempts great answers without offering the latest guru-truths and deceptive recipes for new beginnings. [...] Pregelj’s novel is a charmingly rich read about man’s weaknesses and fears but also about the miracle of hope, all executed with an expert stroke. What a story!
Igor Bratož in Književni listi Pregelj's novel is not only a pasture for the imagination, a stroll through mythology, existing and imaginary religions and fairytale landscapes, but is full of messages about the meaning of life, about our link with nature and people, about memories that reside in our genes, about love ... about Fate, more powerful than any of us.
Manca Košir in Poslovna asistenca