Sarajevo Marlboro

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Miljenko Jergovic’s remarkable début collection of stories, Sarajevo Marlboro – winner of the Erich Maria Remarque Peace Prize – earned him wide acclaim throughout Europe. Croatian by birth, Jergovic ? spent his childhood in Sarajevo and chose to remain there throughout most of the war. A dazzling storyteller, he brings a profoundly human, razor-sharp understanding of the fate of the city’s young Muslims, Croats, and Serbs with a subterranean humor and profoundly personal vision. Their offbeat lives and daily ...
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Overview

Miljenko Jergovic’s remarkable début collection of stories, Sarajevo Marlboro – winner of the Erich Maria Remarque Peace Prize – earned him wide acclaim throughout Europe. Croatian by birth, Jergovic ? spent his childhood in Sarajevo and chose to remain there throughout most of the war. A dazzling storyteller, he brings a profoundly human, razor-sharp understanding of the fate of the city’s young Muslims, Croats, and Serbs with a subterranean humor and profoundly personal vision. Their offbeat lives and daily dramas in the foreground, the killing zone in the background.
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Named one of the 25 Books That Inspired the World (1989–2014) by World Literature Today

Jergović's "fiction is news that stays news.” — World Literature Today

Read this book: at Sarajevo many died and the twenty-first century was born. These spare tales speak of all that may yet befall us if we forget our essential fragility; by showing that while what unites us is undeniable, what we allow to divide us too easily becomes murderous. This classic of anti-war writing is a warning about the immense human cost of following those who would have us hate others. Its US publication could not be more timely. —Richard Flanagan, Gould’s Book of Fish

Like all great war books, Sarajevo Marlboro is not about war—it’s about life. Jergovic is an enormously talented storyteller, so the people under siege come through in all their poignant fullness. And one more thing: this book does not belong to the literature of complaining, much too common these days—Sarajevo Marlboro is a book for the people who appreciate life." —Aleksandar Hemon, Nowhere Man

Reading Miljenko Jergovic’s Sarajevo Marlboro is like wrapping yourself in a quilt of 29 patches, with each patch personalizing the horrors of the Bosnian War in ways that are engaging, humorous, and unendingly sad. If we are ever to learn to avoid carnage it will be through such acts of constant humanizing as are captured in Jergovic’s amazing work. —Richard Wiley, winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Soldiers in Hiding

Jergovic’s writing derives great power from what is left unsaid. —Scotland on Sunday

Poetic and moving . . . Of the many books written on Bosnia, this collection of stories is perhaps the best. —Slavenka Drakulic, S.: A Novel about the Balkans

Library Journal
Almost every part of the globe that has seen war has also seen an emergence of books probing the experience, whether as straightforward storytelling, romanticism, or magical realism. Bosnia is no exception, but this collection of stories is in no way "yet another book" on the subject-it is probably the most effective of the lot in its portrayal of the mundane human experience. Jergovic, a native Sarajevan who has in recent years become a literary celebrity in the region, truly tells it like it is by zooming in on the ways in which war creeps into the lives of ordinary citizens, not only when it is already raging but also before it begins. "If the war spreads, heaven forbid, I'm well prepared," proclaims Mr. Ivo in one story. "If it doesn't, so what? I had a lot of fun digging up my garden." What better way than this to convey the nature of a mentality so deeply rooted in dark humor and paradox? The concluding story, "The Library," offers a powerful interpretation of the roles that books played during the worst of times and the horrible ways in which they perished alongside those who value them. An indispensable purchase. [For an excerpt of "The Library" and an interview with fledgling publisher Archipelago, see p. 165.]-Mirela Roncevic, "Library Journal" Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780972869225
  • Publisher: Steerforth Press
  • Publication date: 12/15/2003
  • Pages: 195
  • Sales rank: 534,452
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 7.49 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Novelist, short story writer, poet, and columnist, Miljenko Jergovi? is a literary phenomenon whose writing is celebrated throughout Europe. His poetry collection Warsaw Observatory received the Goran Prize for young poets and the Mak Dizdar Award and his landmark collection of stories Sarajevo Marlboro received the Erich Maria Remarque Peace Prize. Mama Leone won the highly regarded Premio Grinzane Cavour for the best foreign book in Italy in 2003. His other works include Ruta Tannenbaum, The Walnut House, Buick Riviera, and Father. Stela Tomasevic was born in Belgrade in 1963. She studied literature at the University of East Anglia. She has translated numerous works of non-fiction from the Bosnian and the French. She currently works for the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia. Stela Tomasevic? was born in Belgrade in 1963. She studied literature at the University of East Anglia. She has translated numerous works of non-fiction from the Bosnian and the French. She currently works for the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia.
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Nobody knows who killed Rade and Jela. They just disappeared one day without fuss or explanation. Perhaps it’s wrong to say what I am going to say, but I only remember two things about poor Rade – his apple jam and the remarkable fact that he never once, not even in the dead of night, reached out of his window to steal an apple.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Everyday History
The Excursion 3
Cactus 11
Theft 19
Beetle 25
A Ring 31
Mr. Ivo 37
Bosnian Hotpot 43
Muslim Doll 51
Seconds Out 57
Slobodan 65
Trout 71
Beard 77
Chico the Seducer 83
The Communist 89
The Gravedigger 97
The Condor 105
The Gardener 115
Awakening 123
Duke 131
A Diagnosis 137
The Colony 143
Declension 149
The Photograph 155
Journey 161
Blind Man 167
The Bell 173
The Letter 177
The Saxophonist 185
The Library 191
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