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Preparing for a Review of David Albahari’s Two New Books in English

I’m just about done with a review I’ve been working on for over a year. Here is how it will begin: Double Consciousness David Albahari Globetrotter Translated by Ellen Elias-Bursać Yale, 2014 Learning Cyrillic Translated from the Serbian by Ellen … Continue reading

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David Albahari’s GLOBETROTTER: First Thoughts

Globetrotter by David Albahari translated by Ellen Elias-Bursac Yale University Press, August 2014 . . . By the way, lest I forget, that evening we did not encounter a single elk, and that fact persuaded me to promise myself that … Continue reading

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Translated from . . . : Works by Miljenko Jergovic

Five years passed in the blink of an eye. Natasa was in Belgrade, and I was in Sarajevo. The war was raging. The war of my life, the only one I remember and the only one in which it seems … Continue reading

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Charles Simic Translates Radmila Lazic

The current New York Review of Books includes Radmila Lazic’s “Psalm of Despair.” She was born the same year I was. I would like to write a poem about despair myself. On a long, dark, cold night it caught my … Continue reading

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Who Are You?

Who are you? I asked him, sitting on the bank of the Rhine, again upriver from the city center. Cologne is a good place to ask me that question, he answered. It is a city that has repeatedly stretched my … Continue reading

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Conspiracy against Conspiracies

3 June 1998    Belgrade The 13th day of student protests. Bright sunshine. Rock music blares from the square in front of the Plato bookstore. Students sit around tables, stand around talking. A couple of students unroll a banner. On … Continue reading

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Eugene Richards: Serbs and Magazines

I just got the Phaidon 55 book of photos by Eugene Richards, with a searing introductory text by Chuck Bowden. The two men have worked together and are working together in Richards’ Brooklyn house. Richards is choosing 55 photos for … Continue reading

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