Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Three Contemporary Serbian Authors Worth Reading



Balkan Travellers   
Milorad Pavic | David Albahari | Alexandar Hemon

Milorad Pavić. Though accused of being nationalistic in recent years, Pavić remains one of the most brilliant authors of modern Serbian prose. His novels Dictionary of the Khazars, Landscape Painted With Tea, and Last Love in Constantinople offer one of the most original and intriguing views on Balkan culture found in contemporary literature.

David Albahari.
Having worked in Canada over the past decade, this writer authored several excellent novels translated in English: Words Are Something Else (1996), Tsing (1997), Bait (2001), Gotz and Meyer(2003, UK) (2005, US) and Snow Man (2005). In the late 1980s, he lobbied for the legalisation of marijuana use in Serbia, but some of his novels have a similar effect without any of the harmful effects on the health.

Alexandar Hemon.
He is one of the Western world’s favourite Serbian authors. When he emigrated from Sarajevo to Chicago, he spoke quite primitive English. Eight years on, his short stories have been published in The New Yorker and the prestigious Best American Short Stories anthology. The first book he wrote in English, The Question of Bruno, was published in 2000. When his novel Nowhere Man came out, an American literary critic admitted that he had to check the dictionary 35 times while reading the book.

 

 

Epicure


Serbia
A World of Flavour Comes to Serbia's Capital

18 June 2010 | At Belgrade's first food and drink festival, the weather was hot and some of the food even hotter. Full Story



Curiosity Chest


Balkans
The Balkans' Street-Renaming Obsession

The battle over renaming streets in Eastern Europe since the fall of communism reflects their importance as symbols of identity, history and power. Full Story



Useful Reads


Serbia
The Yugo: The Rise and Fall of the Worst Car in History (2010) | By Jason Vuic

No other car, save perhaps the equally admired Skoda, has inspired as many jokes as the Yugo, the product of “cutting edge” technology from the former Yugoslavia which was ranked by US auto journalists as only the eighth most deadly car on the road. Full Story




Music


Serbia
Serbia Surprises with Choice of Little-Known Singer for Eurovision

12 March 2009 | A little-known Serbian singer and composer, Marko Kon, has surprised many by emerging as his country's representative at the 54th Eurovision in Moscow.
Full Story