A World Without Color: A True Story Of the Last Three Days With My Cat

October 12, 2017


One story. Two endings. Genuine and fictional. Which ending is yours?

What do you say to someone who is dying? And what do you say when that someone can’t understand a word you are saying? How do you comfort each other throughout… and beyond?

My love, if you go away in a few days, the world will lose its colors and darken like the land of Mordor. If you go away and leave me to wander aimlessly, alone in this sea become wild, like a ship with a broken rudder and drowned sailors, and if I don’t find comfort in the warmth of your body, clutched in my embrace at the end of the day, I’m afraid I won’t survive.

“I don’t regret anything. Marcel was not only my cat, he was my everything. My brother, my friend, my world shrank in a soft gray-striped furry ball.”—Bernard Jan

Powerful. Emotional. Honest.

A heartfelt and moving novella.

Translated into English by Bernard Jan
Editing and proofreading by Philip Newey, Thomas Carley Jr. and Kath Middleton
Cover design by Mario Kožar MKM Media
Cover photo by Zach Singh


Anyone who has ever lost a pet will be able to relate to this. By Piaras on October 10, 2017

There is no timetable for mourning the loss of a pet. I lost my dog Patch over four decades ago and I still think of him from time to time. A World Without Color is very well written. It’s a compelling story that for many of us, unfortunately, will be able to relate to. Well worth a read for anyone who has ever lost a beloved pet.




“There is no greater joy than to share what you love with those who appreciate it.” – Bernard Jan

My pen name is Bernard Jan. I am an author – a novelist and a poet – from Croatia and I have just released my first indie book in English. “A World Without Color” is an honest true story of the three last days I spent with my cat.

My first books have been written at the beginning of war in Croatia in 1991, amidst the air alerts and illusory attempts when I wanted to believe and think that life is normal, that everything is alright with the world.

In my lifespan I have written and published five novels, two novellas, one book of poems and an essay in Croatian. Four of my manuscripts, together with my book of poems, are translated into English.

My passion for entertainment resulted in my becoming a partner of Tom’s Music Place, which was established in 2009 by my friend Thomas Carley Jr. with the goal to respect the music.

My need to help others came to the fore during my volunteering years: first in advocating for environmental protection, and then my volunteering, activism, work and advocacy for animal rights to the present day. I did some volunteering for the refugees, too, because suffering does not know about the borders and when it comes within your reach, in your yard, you simply have to do something.

As part of my animal advocacy activities, it has been a great honor and pleasure to translate “Eternal Treblinka: Our Treatment of Animals and the Holocaust” by Charles Patterson into Croatian language. I guess that makes me a translator, too, huh?

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  • Bernard Jan October 13, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    Thank you very much for your kind and honest review, Piaras! I love it!
    It is so true that our beloved animals stay with us forever. Once connected, this bond actually never breaks. It stays attached to us with the strings of nice memories.

    • Emerald Book Reviews October 14, 2017 at 3:08 am

      It was a pleasure reading and reviewing your book Bernard. We wish you every success with it!

  • Mischenko October 13, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    As a person who has many pets, I sometimes think about what it’ll be like when the time comes to let them go. I wonder when, how, and what sort of choices I’ll have to make. In this book, the author tells his whole story about what his cat Marcel’s last 3 days were like interlaced with memories of the past. He writes about the effects of losing a best friend for himself and his family. I absolutely loved this book. It’s not just for pet owners, but anyone who has a love for animals. So glad to have read it. <3

    • Emerald Book Reviews October 14, 2017 at 3:07 am

      Thanks for the comment Mischenko. We at Emerald Book Reviews couldn’t agree more with you.

    • Bernard Jan October 14, 2017 at 3:34 pm

      Thank you very much, Mischenko! I appreciate your kind words and the love for my story. It really means a lot.

  • Starjustin October 13, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    Beautiful story of the authors relationship wiith his beloved cat. Wonderfully written and highly emotional book of love, passion, and loss. A must read for anyone who owns pet or has lost a pet..

    • Emerald Book Reviews October 14, 2017 at 3:05 am

      Absolutely agree. A must read for anyone who owns a pet or has lost a pet.

    • Bernard Jan October 14, 2017 at 3:36 pm

      Humbled by your words, Starjustin. Thank you.

  • Michael Nicodemus Holda October 13, 2017 at 11:38 pm

    this book is of memories in tragedy, but what is not it when everybody is right if not tragedy. Has read it at one sitting, driven by author’s fluent current, with recognition that story indeed happened. And that is very precious my frends, fellow book lovers.

    • Emerald Book Reviews October 14, 2017 at 3:03 am

      Thank you Michael. Glad you liked the book.

    • Bernard Jan October 14, 2017 at 3:39 pm

      Thank you for your kindness and honesty, Michael. Appreciate your support.

  • Rebecca Gransden October 15, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    A World Without Color is a very honest and raw book, and came along when my own cat had recently died. Rather than being upsetting it was comforting to read a truthful account of someone going through a similar circumstance, and understanding the depth of bond it is possible to have with our fellow creatures. Very well written too.

    • Emerald Book Reviews October 16, 2017 at 9:53 pm

      Thanks for the feedback Rebecca. We totally agree with you here at Emerald Book Reviews. Nicely said.

  • Bibiana October 18, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    This was a beautiful rendering of love and the final moments of a beloved friend. It was an honor to read such heartfelt words.

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