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Stan Gasparovski began his writing career as a magazine columnist best known for satirical short stories. 911 The Towers of Janus is Stan’s first novel in the English language. His previous book, A Belgrade Tomcat, published in Europe, was a bestseller that exposed behind-the-scenes machinations in a setting of Balkan politics around the turn of the millennium, during the violent carving up of the former Yugoslavia. The forward-backward timeline used in that novel inspired the Janus’ gates device used in his latest work.
Living in Paris from an early age, Stan Gasparovski developed a passion for politics at the Sorbonne, living the events of the May 1968 student rebellion. During his later career as an oil and mining manager, Stan traveled the globe, working on five continents and experiencing the lifestyles of several leading cultures. It is from this rich background that he writes in close personal knowledge about this book’s anti-hero, Mustafa, who returns home to the very same Saharan region where Stan was pumping out the oil. The westerners depicted in this novel as sitting in the speeding car that shoots past a boy named Mustafa, could very easily have included a budding young oilman named Stan Gasparovski.
911 The Towers of Janus shares many of Stan’s glimpses of life from places faraway, linking those images with his first-hand experiences of globalization on the front lines of the oil-based world economy. Stan has been a critical witness of globalization since long before it became a topic of social debate. He has been on the frontlines of the superpower quest for resources, political influence and naked power. A free spirit, Stan found the fit of the empire’s new clothes more like a straightjacket than anything else. This book is a product of intellectual and practical contact with the ragged edges of the unknown, and with real intrigue. This first English novel is also Stan’s entry into contemporary discussions about the implications of 911, globalization and government by executive fiat. It is a not-so-fictional warning about the growing dangers ahead…