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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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London Book Review Author: Absolutely Violent

In his putative review of Peter Handke’s Versuch ueber den Pilznarren (he never gets around to saying much about the book in question), Leland de la Durantaye quotes Jonathan Littell to the effect that if the poet Céline were alive he would try … Continue reading

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Mamac / Bait / Mother: David Albahari’s Novel

David Albahari’s novel appeared in Belgrade in 1996, titled Mamac, and in Peter Agnone’s translation from the Serbian into English, in the US in 2001. The English title, Bait, troubled me to the end. Where’s the bait, I thought as I closed … Continue reading

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David Albahari’s SNOW MAN

. . . fearing . . . that I would end up stuck here forever, constrained, among people who believe that knowledge, rather than being the mastery of ignorance, is confirmation of the desire that things be the way a … 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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Lothar Struck’s Book on Peter Handke and Yugoslavia

  Lothar Struck’s long anticipated book on the tensions between literature, media, and politics in the work of and about Peter Handke took me by surprise. These are works I know very well. I have translated two of Handke’s Yugoslavia … 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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