Sarajevo Blues

ISBN-10: 087286345X
ISBN-13: 9780872863453
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $14.95
Publisher: City Lights Books
Publication date: 1/1/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 122
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.330
Language: English

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.

Semezdin Mehmedinovic was born in Tuzla, Bosnia in 1960 and is the author of four books. In 1993 he was cowriter and codirector, with Benjamin Filipovic, of Mizaldo, one of the first Bosnian films shot during the war. The film was presented at the Berlin Film Festival in 1994, and won the first prize at the Mediterranean Festival in Rome the following year. He, his wife, and their child left Bosnia and came to the U.S. as polical refugees in 1996.

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Translator's Introduction
Loss
Singular Dream
Corpse
August, 1989
The Phone Rings
In the Studio
Alifakovac
Stranger
Essay
Deserter
Spirituality
Stocking Hat
Back then
At the Edge of Town
The Chetnik Position
Expulsion
Cisterns / Rainwater
A Relatively Calm Day
No Man's Land
Crows
Grbavica
A Martyr's Resting Place
Lilies
Curfew
Getting Thinner
Looted Stores
Imam Bey's Mosque
Innocent Civilians
Fires
Milomir Kovacevic
Lion's
Glass
Zambak / Muslims
Kids
Hero
Grenade
Traffic
Photographers
Wounded Parks
War Profiteers
White Death
Politics
Vestibule
What will you Remember?
Ruins
War
Animals
Cat
Shelter
Washing the Dead
Exodus
Bernard-Henri Levy
Lapisnica / Eduard Limonov
Sign
Massacre
Freedom
Surplus History
New Experience
Tunnel
Zenica Blues
Dates
An Interview with Semezdin Mehmedinovic

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