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The ebook brings jointly the various top recognized commentators and students who write approximately former Yugoslavia. The essays concentrate on the post-Yugoslav cultural transition and take a look at to reply to questions about what has been received and what has been misplaced because the dissolution of the typical kingdom. many of the contributions will be noticeable as present makes an attempt to make experience of the earlier and support cultures in transition, in addition to to file on them.

The quantity is a mix of own essays and scholarly articles and that blend of genres makes the e-book either relocating and informative. Its value is exclusive. whereas many reviews stay at the explanations of the dying of Yugoslavia, this assortment touches upon those reasons yet is going past them to spot Yugoslavia's legacy in a complete method. It brings themes and writers, often taken care of individually, into fruitful conversation with each other.

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Summarizing what remains, Rosić turns to Cake Parlor Stories, a collection edited by David Albahari and Vladan Mijatović Živojinović. ) the cake parlor turns out to be the “arena for gory transition conflicts,” such as abductions, mafia extortions, terrorist conspiracies, and grotesque ­gastarbeiter one-­upmanship, as well as a “venue possessed since time immemorial by foreign, demonic, and colonial” forces. Rosić also notices a surge in women’s writing, but marked by a tendency to trade on sex appeal.

But I knew that on the left side of the map there was a country called Yugoslavia, and I was positively disposed to it, because from there came the chocolates called Kraš, which tetkica Božena would bring ever so often. She was a close family friend, born in Zagreb; she had moved to Sarajevo during the Second World War because she could not stand the Germans, and there she met and married a Bulgarian. We grew up with her daughter, who now lives in Canada with her Bulgarian husband. But that was pretty much all.

Meanwhile, recent Bosnian films betray profound anxieties over the new “rational ways of doing business,” an automatized drive for profit that finds its logical conclusion in the drug trade and trafficking in women. “Zenit Rising: Return to a Balkan Avant-Garde” follows a similar logic but in reverse order. I begin with the recent revival of interest in Zenit, an interwar journal centered around a core group of Serbs but originally printed in Zagreb, in two alphabets and usually at least five languages, including Esperanto as well as the “language” of images and visual design.

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