Dora and Luka are inseparable: ever since he fainted at the sight of her - walking into the classroom with her new schoolbag - and she woke him with a chaste kiss, it has been love at first sight. 'There's something in the air when the two of them are together. You can't call it calm, you can't call it storm.' Theirs is a friendship made of chocolate and mandarin oranges; of shape-shifting clouds and coloured canvases; and, as Dora's family leave Croatia for Paris, of farewells and memories.
It is not until years later, when a promising artist faints at the familiar sight of a young actress entering a Parisian gallery on his opening night, that Luka and Dora are reunited. But just as chance brings them together, fateful choices and forces bigger than themselves conspire to keep the couple apart. Will they ever truly be able to find or forget one another?
Bursting with drama and ardour, at turns heartbreaking and exhilarating, and told with the same overwhelming intensity as the bond it describes, this is a dazzling tour de force of a very special love affair.
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A lush, flowing, elegant novel, Every Day, Every Hour shows a world where love is stronger than will -
Croatian-born Nataša Dragnic’s debut novel, Every Day, Every Hour, beautifully translated from the German by Liesl Schillinger, takes its name from lines of the Pablo Neruda poem 'If You Forget Me'. It’s a fitting title for this passionate, decades-spanning tale of star-crossed lovers - Vanity Fair
A romantic and thrilling love story that recounts the longing that connects two souls - Cosmopolitan
Luka and Dora are made for one another. But they can't seem to get together. A beautifully tragic love - Elle
Who is it for? For anyone who wants a poetic love story which heralds the summer - Süddeutsche Zeitung
You can sense every second that they are soul mates... It is extremely rare that you find such a beautiful and romantic love story which is wonderfully narrated and not at all corny. A real discovery - Berliner Morgenpost
Nataša Dragnic has woven a seemingly simple but also serious and deeply moving love story. Readers will find it hard to put this gripping story down, the flowing style, the surprise twists, the protagonists themselves and their entanglement will keep you enthralled until the last lines... It is not kitsch, over-the-top or shallow but lively and colourful. A perfect book for your holiday suitcase or for a weekend at home alone - Gießener Allgemeine
This is the book that is wowing everyone - I too immediately fell for the love story between Dora and Luka, who are meant for each other but manage to mess it up so completely - BRIGITTE
Natasa Dragnic’s tumbling prose has a delightful immediacy and freshness… Deft and confident - Daily Mail
Dragnic’s prose is energetic and sparkling and carries you swiftly through a roller-coaster of emotions - Red Online
Charming and quirky - Bookbag
About the Author
Nataša Dragnic was born in Split, Croatia in 1965. After studying German, English and French, she attended the Croatian School of Diplomacy. She currently lives in Erlangen, Germany. Every Day, Every Hour is her first novel, an international bestseller which has been sold in over 25 countries.
Liesl Schillinger is a critic for the New York TimesBook Review and has written for many publications in America and Europe, including Newsweek, The Washington Post, the New Republic, Independent on Sunday, Financial Times, Moscow Magazine and the New Yorker, where she was on the editorial staff for nearly two decades. She translates fiction from German, Italian and French, and publishes the illustrated neologisms blog, Wordbirds.