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The cover to Petar & Liza by Miroslav Sekulic-Struja. The cover features an illustration of a busy street with small shops and vendors, crowded with people going about their business. Just to the right of the center is a woman in a red dress with a blue plaid jacket, leaning her head against a man in a black and white suit. She looks happy, while he leans against her with his eyes closed, seemingly content.
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Miroslav Sekulic-Struja, Translator: Jenna Allen

Petar & Liza

On sale date: May 14, 2024

In this resplendently painted graphic novel, a poet and a dancer form a beautiful connection in a bleak world.

When Petar returns home to civilian life after his two-year conscription in the ex-Yugoslavian army, he finds himself adrift. Even amidst the most raucous, late-night parties, he feels detached from it all, like a ghost haunting the living. But a serendipitous encounter with Liza, a dancer with a joie de vivre about her, brings a flood of vibrant color into his gray life. Their lyrical romance forms an oasis in a bleak world, until his inner demons start to reveal themselves.

A heartfelt character study, this graphic novel paints the portrait of a complex protagonist often at odds with himself. At times, Petar writes soulful, life-affirming poetry, while at others he falls into spells of depression and self-destruction. Petar & Liza is a work of meticulous expressionism that reflects Miroslav Sekulic-Struja's vivid artistic vision. In dazzling gouache, Sekulic-Struja conjures an earthy, street-level view of humanity, bringing to life bohemian environs of dive bars, back rooms, and crowded cityscapes. He paints a world in darkness and turmoil, in which rays of sunshine occasionally peek through.


"Unpredictable and as strange as life itself, every single picture in Miroslav Sekulic-Struja's Petar & Liza is an exquisite, beautiful painting—all of which, amazingly, add up to an exquisite, beautiful, emotionally moving and poetically written portrait of an artist, a love story and, finally, a whole generation. I was stunned by it. His work, and this book, feel like a miracle to me." — Chris Ware (Building Stories)

"In addition to its beautiful, colorful, and detailed folk art images that invite lingering, Peter & Liza is full of memorable lines." — Foreword Reviews


9" × 12.5"