9780872863453

Sarajevo Blues

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  • ISBN13:

    9780872863453

  • ISBN10:

    087286345X

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1998-12-01
  • Publisher: Consortium Book Sales & Dist

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Summary

From one of Bosnia's most prominent poets and writers: spare and haunting stories and poems that were written under the horrific circumstances of the recent war in Bosnia-Hercegovina. Semezdin Mehmedinovic remained a citizen of Sarajevo throughout the Serbian nationalists' siege and was active throughout the war in the city's resistance movement, as one of the editor's of the magazine Phantom of Liberty. Sarajevo Blues was originally published at the end of 1992 and was the first book in the Biblioteka "egzil-abc" series, published in Ljubljana, which provided a forum for Bosnian writers and translators under siege or living in exile. Semezdin Mehmedinovic says that "writing is, finally, quite a personal thing that doesn't make much sense unless you are practicing for the last word." For those Bosnians emerging from the siege or still in exile, these "last words" remain intimate possessions, one of the last bastions left against the commodification of tragedy.

Table of Contents

TRANSLATOR'S INTRODUCTION IX
LOSS
1(3)
SINGULAR DREAM
4(1)
CORPSE
5(1)
AUGUST, 1989
6(1)
THE PHONE RINGS
7(1)
IN THE STUDIO
8(1)
ALIFAKOVAC
9(1)
STRANGER
10(1)
ESSAY
11(1)
DESERTER
12(1)
SPIRITUALITY
13(1)
STOCKING HAT
14(10)
BACK THEN
24(1)
AT THE EDGE OF TOWN
25(1)
THE CHETNIK POSITION
26(1)
EXPULSION
27(1)
CISTERNS/RAINWATER
28(1)
A RELATIVELY CALM DAY
29(1)
NO MAN'S LAND
30(1)
CROWS
31(2)
GRBAVICA
33(1)
A MARTYR'S RESTING PLACE
34(1)
LILIES
35(1)
CURFEW
36(1)
GETTING THINNER
37(1)
LOOTED STORES
38(1)
IMAM BEY'S MOSQUE
39(5)
INNOCENT CIVILIANS
44(2)
FIRES
46(1)
MILOMIR KOVACEVIC
47(1)
LION'S
48(1)
GLASS
49(1)
ZAMBAK/MUSLIMS
50(2)
KIDS
52(1)
HERO
53(1)
GRENADE
54(2)
TRAFFIC
56(1)
PHOTOGRAPHERS
57(2)
WOUNDED PARKS
59(1)
WAR PROFITEERS
60(2)
WHITE DEATH
62(1)
POLITICS
63(1)
VESTIBULE
64(2)
WHAT WILL YOU REMEMBER?
66(2)
RUINS
68(2)
WAR
70(1)
ANIMALS
71(1)
CAT
72(2)
SHELTER
74(2)
WASHING THE DEAD
76(2)
EXODUS
78(1)
BERNARD-HENRI LEVY
79(1)
LAPISNICA/EDUARD LIMONOV
80(1)
SIGN
81(2)
MASSACRE
83(1)
FREEDOM
84(4)
SURPLUS HISTORY
88(2)
NEW EXPERIENCE
90(2)
TUNNEL
92(5)
ZENICA BLUES
97(8)
DATES
105(1)
AN INTERVIEW WITH SEMEZDIN MEHMEDINOVIC
106
AMMIEL ALCALAY

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