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Finalist for the NBCC award for Criticism.

Whether it's commentary on jaded youth, the ways technology has made us soft in the head, or how wrestling a hotel minibar into a bathtub is the best way to stick it to The Man, Ugresic writes with unmatched honesty and panache.

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Overview

Finalist for the NBCC award for Criticism.

Whether it's commentary on jaded youth, the ways technology has made us soft in the head, or how wrestling a hotel minibar into a bathtub is the best way to stick it to The Man, Ugresic writes with unmatched honesty and panache.

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Novelist, short story writer, and essayist Ugresic was forced to leave the former Yugoslavia in 1993 when she was labeled a traitor. She now lives in Amsterdam. Williams pulled together this collection of her recent (2008–11) pieces during his own work exploring the concept of a literature of Eastern Europe's ruins. Ugresic's focus ranges from the "neuroplastic" consciousness of Internet junkies to the idea of the American refrigerator as a symbol of wealth and ease. She continues with strongly expressed opinions about hotel minibars and how karaoke turned from a harmless "bit of fun" to a culture of wannabes. This collection's appeal may be limited to those interested, like Williams, in the intellectual voices of Eastern European culture.—J.S.
Marina Warner
“A unique tone of voice, a madcap wit and a lively sense of the absurd. Ingenious.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934824573
  • Publisher: Open Letter
  • Publication date: 10/25/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 324
  • Sales rank: 992,202
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Dubravka Ugresic is the author of several works of fiction and several essay collections, including the NBCC award finalist, Karaoke Culture. She went into exile from Croatia after being label a "witch" for her anti-nationalistic stance during the Yugoslav war. She now resides in the Netherlands.

David Williams did his doctoral research on the post-Yugoslav writings of Dubravka Ugresic and the idea of a "literature of the Eastern European ruins." He is the author of Writing Postcommunism.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2012

    Karaoke Party

    See if you can make it to the top of the charts! I will sing a single song line, and you have to guess the song, and the title! If I call your name, you can go to the next level. If I don't, then you are out! Always put your name! And one try people! It starts in the next book. Ready, set, sing!

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