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The ebook brings jointly some of the top identified commentators and students who write approximately former Yugoslavia. The essays concentrate on the post-Yugoslav cultural transition and check out to reply to questions on what has been received and what has been misplaced because the dissolution of the typical nation. many of the contributions could be obvious as present makes an attempt to make feel of the earlier and aid cultures in transition, in addition to to record on them.

The quantity is a mix of own essays and scholarly articles and that blend of genres makes the ebook either relocating and informative. Its significance is exclusive. whereas many experiences stay at the factors of the dying of Yugoslavia, this assortment touches upon those motives yet is going past them to spot Yugoslavia's legacy in a entire approach. It brings themes and writers, frequently handled individually, into fruitful conversation with each other.

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What is less humorous is that translation, supposedly a bridge between cultures, became a tool to enforce difference. ” He ends by predicting the “soft return of the hyphen in SerboCroatian,” should cultural bonds prove stronger than political agendas. ” and offers several valid but mutually contradictory answers. Linguistically, he writes, not much has happened and Serbo-Croatian is alive and well. Politically, very much has happened: the language no longer exists. Finally, “something” has happened, referring to the psychological experiences of the speakers.

Gone is the highbrow “pleasure of the text,” as she uses Roland Barthes’ phrase, to be replaced with mass entertainment of the sort that Adorno and Horkheimer considered the end of resistance. 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.

So when I did my next purchase of Yugoslav books, I made sure that it was in the original. But it was still mediated: I bought Ivo Andrić’s Na Drini ćuprija (The Bridge on the Drina) in the foreign-language bookshop in Moscow. My real-life introduction to inflation I also owe to another remarkable Serbian historian: the Ottomanist Bojanka DesanićLukać. We were in Hungary for a conference in the 1980s, and we had to pay our registration fee “in currency”—three dollars, no national equivalent. ” 26 My Yugoslavia: Personal Essays Nor were my impressions of Yugoslav males, especially Serbian ones, entirely negative.

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