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Forgotten Son

Forgotten Son is a heartwarming novel narrated through the diary of Mislav, a young man with mental impairments. After returning to his family, he forges a deep connection with a girl, leading to a unique and touching story.


Forgotten Son is a novel with Mislav, a slightly mentally-impaired young man of twenty, with the intelligence of a ten-year-old, as the hero. After 15 years spent in various institutions, the young man returns to his village family. His arrival is a shock for their neighbors. His younger brother and sister had not even known that they had a brother because their parents had kept it a secret from them all their lives. Mislav has a hard time adapting to the new environment and circumstances. Happily, a girl who lives nearby helps him to fit into everyday life. A warm feeling of love blossoms between them, to the horrified reaction of the girl’s father…

The novel is written in the first person as the hero’s diary, which exudes gentleness and human warmth.

Forgotten Son has gone through ten editions in Croatian.

Translated and published in English, Slovenian, Spanish, German, Japanese, and Albanian.

Selected for the Ibby Honour List 2002.

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