The Culture of Lies: Antipolitical Essays / Edition 1

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Ugresic's acerbic and penetrating essays cover everything from politics to daily routine, from public to private life. With a diverse and unusual perspective, she writes about memory, soap operas, the destruction of everyday life, kitsch, the conformity of intellectuals, propaganda and censorship, the strategies of human manipulation and the walls of Europe which, she argues, never really did fall. Shot through with irony and sadness, satirical protest and bitter melancholy, The Culture of Lies is a gesture of intellectual resistance by a writer branded 'a traitor' and 'a witch' in Croatia.
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Library Journal
This is a collection of cynical but uniformly unbiased "antipolitical essays" portraying the reality of Communist and post-Communist Yugoslavia. Ugresic's (Have a Nice Day, LJ 3/1/95) intent is not to clarify the politics behind the fall of Yugoslavia but to question the definition of "Yugoslav identity" and critique its shattered culture. She firmly argues that, despite the fall of the Communist regime, the lives of former Yugoslavs in their new "independent homelands" haven't really changed--they are still based on lies, intolerance, sexism, and political brainwashing. These essays, many of which have previously appeared in European newspapers and periodicals, will enrage and sadden you and then fill you with disgust toward narrow-minded nationalism. Ugresic defends her viewpoint skillfully and confidently, refusing to label herself with a "post-Yugoslav" nationality. After being vilified for her provocative writing, she left her native Croatia in 1993 and now lives in exile in Amsterdam. Highly recommended.--Mirela Roncevic, "Library Journal"
Booknews
Croatian writer Ugresic, who has been in exile in Amsterdam since 1993, offers an intellectual's account of recent events in her native country and the nationalism that underlies them. She writes about memory, soap operas, the destruction of everyday life, kitsch, the conformity of intellectuals, propaganda and censorship, and other topics. Published in Croatian by Arkzin in 1996, in Dutch by Nijgh and Van Ditmar in 1995, and in English in Great Britain by Phoenix House in 1998. No index. Paper edition (unseen), $18.95. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Timothy Garton Ash
Ugresic's recent work [is] very Central European in form, a collage of essays, sketches, feuilletons, numbered apercus, reminiscent of the best non-fiction of Danilo Kis or Gyorgy Konrad. She is brave in denouncing the perversions of political and cultural life in Croatia, but also wonderfully ironical about the quasi-heroic roles in which she finds herself now unwillingly cast. The book is subtle, funny and clear-eyed. -- 'International Books of the Year,' Times Literary Supplement
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780271018478
  • Publisher: Penn State University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1998
  • Series: Post-Communist Cultural Studies
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

Dubravka Ugrešić is the author of many books, including four that have been translated into English: In the Jaws of Life and Other Stories (1993), Fording the Stream of Consciousness (1993), Have a Nice Day (1994), and The Museum of Unconditional Surrender (1998). She was awarded the prestigious Charles Veillon Prize in 1996 for The Culture of Lies. Since 1993 she has lived in exile in Amsterdam and frequently lectures in the United States.

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Table of Contents

List of Maps and Figures
List of Tables
Preface
Abbreviations
Introduction: A New Form of Transatlantic Migration
1 German Long-Distance Migration 1
2 The Flow and Composition of German Immigration to the American Colonies 37
3 The Trade in Migrants 59
4 The Ordeal of Relocation 113
5 Irish Immigration to the Delaware Valley 167
Conclusion: A Model for the Modern Era 221
Appendix German Immigrant Voyages, 1683-1775 239
Selected Bibliography 277
Index 311
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