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Purple Haze

George Djuric

Purple Haze   

It wasn’t the first time that revenge had been part of saving a life. But you don’t get the true meaning of the word until you see it at work. And everything that happened was so much exaggerated and embellished and twisted out that I never quite recovered from this event. Nor did I ever fully realize that I was not there any longer. It was a scene that anywhere else would be played quite more often on the stage than in life.

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

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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