Speculative Fiction in Translation: Kontakt

Kontakt: An Anthology of Croatian SF edited by Darko Macan and Tatjana Jambrišak translations by Tatjana Jambrišak, Goran Konvični, and the authors Wizard’s Tower Press February 11, 2014 246 pages From the Wizard’s Tower Press website: “The original paperback edition of Kontakt was produced in conjunction with the 2012 European Science Fiction Convention (Eurocon) in … Continue reading Speculative Fiction in Translation: Kontakt

Literature of Exile: Dubravka Ugrešić

“The invisibility in which we live next to one another is appalling" Perhaps the only thing more painful than leaving a beloved country behind is to realize that one's former country no longer exists. Emigres from the former Yugoslavia find themselves in this perplexing, and bewildering predicament: are they now merely Serbian, Croatian, Bosnian? If, … Continue reading Literature of Exile: Dubravka Ugrešić

Review: Cafe Europa by Slavenka Drakulić

Slavenka Drakulić continues her look at life after communism in the book Cafe Europa her sequel to How We Survived Communism and Even Laughed. It's a great read and an honest read from the 1990s that rings true close to twenty years after she wrote it. If you think regular consumers in the West sometimes … Continue reading Review: Cafe Europa by Slavenka Drakulić

Review: How We Survived Communism and Even Laughed by Slavenka Drakulić

Imagine living in a country where your political system did not consider your needs as a woman and mother important enough to provide for. It's easy enough in the West to bemoan the superficiality of a consumer culture, but how long could you last, ladies, in a country that had no consumer culture at all? … Continue reading Review: How We Survived Communism and Even Laughed by Slavenka Drakulić