Pierra the Jester


Thessalonica in 1371 is a heartbeat from disaster. While Duke Doychin lies bedridden, poisoned by his cousin Uroš the Weak, the Ottoman Empire is reaching closer, the Venetians plot to divide and conquer, and the city mob is rioting. Into this impasse steps a midget less than four feet tall, the emotionally controversial 24 year-old court jester who has an instinctive ability to see into events and into people, whose face beams sunlight amid the shadows of age – Pierra. She is adamant to defeat the flaw of her fate and save the duchy for her master.

Pierra the Jester

George Djuric

Thank you for sending PIERRA THE JESTER my way. George Djuric has created an extremely imaginative, richly textured work of historical fiction. The brilliantly observed details bring this story to vivid life on every page. 

Lee Boudreaux 


The historical fiction I've published in the past has tended to be short (and a bit odd!), so I'm afraid the brilliant George Djuric's new book isn't for me.

Pat Strachan

This is the most amazing manuscript I've read all year, and perhaps in quite a while! I love this and I think it's very special.

Mark Gottlieb      Trident Media Group

 Love the title. I also enjoyed the conversational tone, bristling with energy and myriad directions. I could feel the various pulls the MC was experiencing: books, genius, girls, racing...
Joseph Kaufman     Everyday Fiction on  Taming of the Shrewd
. Cyberian Gulag Archipelago is a dense and referential piece, and relies more on style than substance; it’s very philosophical, of course, and has the makings of an amazing work.        
Spark magazine

George, I got a big kick out of this philosophical mishmash with all its wonderful touchstones. Steiner would like it, I'm sure. Live Your Own Life will appear in the April issue of SHJ.

George, I want this one too, but it won't appear until the October issue. You're writing is unique. And wonderfully crazy.

Duff Brenna, Serving House Journal

You, Sir, are a sweetheart. Thank you!  I'm touched and honored. And, frankly, floored. Astonished, like the Chihuahua my daughter used to call me, trying to eat that watermelon of a whale's tale. What a ride!  Made me laugh, made me squeal, made my eyes tear up. Too many turns of phrase to point out the ones I admire at the moment.

Many thanks for making my day,

Clare, Editor at Serving House Journal

What a strange curious rambling style you have. I'm happy to read it, always, your words and obscure references and knowledge of other places and mafioso underpinnings and all... The narrative... I mean, I hung in the poker room for a spell, with Rose and her own mild madness; I was all over the place. Check out Codrescu, Andrei, if you haven't. You guys have a lot in common.

Eric Westerlind,  The Bacon Review

Thank you for sending us Yugoslavia. We love it and would like to publish it in the Winter 2014 issue of Cardinal Sins. Also, because your piece was selected as our Nonfiction Contest Winner, we would ask you provide us with a short (100 word) explanation as to how your piece fits the theme Translation.

Brandy Abraham

Cardinal Sins Editor-in-Chief

“This is an amazing piece. Stance, mystery, language, movement, odd perspectives and strange associations!"

Bellevue Literary Review's reader

It has been an absolute pleasure reading your flash fiction King Crimson and appreciating the aesthetic brilliance defining it. I would love to publish it in the June Issue of Hermeneutic Chaos.

Shinjini Bhattacharjee, Editor, Hermeneutic Chaos Literary Journal

You have a unique style and voice(s). I have never read anything like it. The novel, for me, has a mythical weight, and feels very old, and very connected to folk-tale in some way - at least this is an undertone for me. At the same time, it has stark realism amid the super-realism/magic realism - and the occasional carnivalesque quality – that's a whole bunch of jargon i know - but what i mean is the extraordinary things are rendered ordinary - and the apparently ordinary is transposed to the realm of the extraordinary, or numinous... The ending had, for me, a kind mystical lift or sense of permanence – of the river and of the will to be – and to create.
The violence is somehow both banal and yet, by its context, made symbolic –  a kind of entropy. Added to this, your great skill with language, and your self-evident deep experience of life, culture, art, philosophy…

Jurgen Olschewski

You are obviously a very talented writer and we'd like to see more from you in the future.
Speer Morgan, Editor, Missouri Review
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