Tag: yugoslavia

The Week in Fear and Demagoguery

Nationalism and militarism: on the rise across the region again.  Paranoia reigns in the Balkans. Relations between Belgrade and Prishtina have completely broken down now. Kosovo’s parliament passed a resolution suspending all dialogue with Serbia until former Kosovar Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj, wanted by Serbia on war crimes charges, is…

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The Forgotten Soldiers of a Dead Country

Remembering the Yugoslav People’s Army (JNA). On my seventh birthday, my dad gave me a present that shocked my mum and pretty much all of my friends’ parents: The Sexual Encyclopaedia for Children and Teenagers (Enciklopedija seksualnog odgoja). My friends and I loved it, of course, and spent hours browsing…

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“The accumulation of tragedy leads to farce”: An Interview with Aleksandar Hemon

Ena Selimović interviews Aleksandar Hemon, the Bosnian-American author whose most recent work is entitled The Zombie Wars. Their conversation touches on multilingualism, translation, Trump, nationalism, marketing and contemporary immigrant literature in the U.S., the Yugoslav diaspora, and the false rigid line widely drawn between tragedy and comedy. The questions come…

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The Tito – Castro Split and the End of Cigar Socialism

On Fidel Castro, Tito and the death of cigar socialism. Fidel Castro and Tito were both larger-than-life socialist leaders famous for their love of thick cigars – ironically a symbol of material frivolity and fat cat capitalism. Fidel finally died over the weekend, and old photos of the leaders of…

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Non-Aligned Modernity: Eastern-European Art and Archives from the Marinko Sudac Collection

Non-Aligned Modernity: Eastern-European Art and Archives from the Marinko Sudac Collection Curator: Marco Scotini, in collaboration with Andris Brinkmanis and Lorenzo Paini FM Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy | http://www.fmcca.it/en/ Exhibition ends 23 December 2016 In 1961, strange messages began arriving in the mail at addresses across Zagreb. A mysterious…

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