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… “That is the sailing boat on waves, she who is my only anchor on deceitful surface that prevents me from plunging, surrendering myself to the sea. I wish for the sea to engulf me, catch me firmly and keep me, so I could return to it as an element; the sea, which is denying me the possibility of further sailing, preventing me from it, which is my destiny. But if I consider that the voyage and sailing are only a part of that same system, that only what is conventional wisdom is the aim and not the waves, not the sea, if I think of the deception of one and the other, it is very difficult to escape the aimlessness because the real aim is not where we strive, the real aim in fact are those waves, crests, the breaking and foaming at the tip of the wave – terror washed over me.”…

“Nenad Sepic?s ?Betrayed Sails? is a novel of unrestrained imagination, pointed aspiration to penetrate into the most hidden corners of the human psyche, ambition to demonstrate innovation through sophisticated deeds, an ambience full of nightmare, confusion and frenzy, apparitions portrayed as a suggestive reflex of social processes and uncommon individuals? fates trapped in transformation. Sepic?s prose openly and expressively reveals the author?s obsessive love of the sea, towards romantic notions of old sailing ships, towards a world long gone. The novel ?Betrayed Sails? is a great story about a wandering ?sailing knight? with the enigmatic name ?Spirit of Amulia? and its Captain, who no longer belonged to the times that so savagely and fiercely burst at the doors of history. Sepic?s novel is a paradigm about the retreat of wooden fairy-like ships with their white sails carried by wind before heavy scrap iron boats driven by sooty chimneys and warm water, as one of the characters said contemptuously.”
– Miroslav Berto?a

“Sepic belongs to the Picaresque tradition. In his professed scientific research, essentially fiction, the narrator assumes the role of the second person and embarks on a search for a ship of an uncommon name and destiny. He quotes the ship?s logbooks and meets the people closest to the ship?s Captain, Vidulic, analyses the ship?s doctor?s records, follows the long adventurous voyages (descriptions of storms are amazing), takes us back in history to the times of sailing under canvas, encounters the spirits of dead souls, listens to the stories of outcasts and adventurers, skillfully merging the nonexistent documents with fiction. The novel is easily understood by the average reader, however, a literary analyst, especially in the Picaresque genre, will be thrilled to have an opportunity to examine its structural values.”
– Tomislav Sabljak

“The novel ?Betrayed Sails? is interesting to us because it is topically linked to the island of Losinj, its captains and ship owners, their tragic destiny at the time of their retreat before steamboats. Simulataneously, Sepic?s multi-layered novel is also prose of pronouncedly modern structure, articulately bringing to light not only the marked theme of Losinj sailing, but also fundamental upheavals, dilemmas and searches of today?s individuals, as well as the philosophical scope of man?s realisation and deciphering the meaning of our existence. Written in synthesis of several seemingly completely divergent literary methods, the novel seems extremely holistic, skillfully connecting several different layers of meaning.”
– Mirjana Str?i?

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