The Prince of Fire: An Anthology of Contemporary Serbian Short Stories (Pitt Series in Russian and East European Studies)

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Winner of the 1998 Misha Djordjevic Award for the best book on Serbian culture in English.

Editors Gorup and Obradovic have collected stories from thirty-five outstanding writers in this first English anthology of Serbian fiction in thirty years. The anthology, representing a great variety of literary styles and themes, includes works by established writers with international reputations, as well as promising new writers spanning the generation born between 1930 and 1960.  ...

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Overview

Winner of the 1998 Misha Djordjevic Award for the best book on Serbian culture in English.

Editors Gorup and Obradovic have collected stories from thirty-five outstanding writers in this first English anthology of Serbian fiction in thirty years. The anthology, representing a great variety of literary styles and themes, includes works by established writers with international reputations, as well as promising new writers spanning the generation born between 1930 and 1960.  These stories may lead to a greater understanding of the current events in the former Yugoslavia.

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Editorial Reviews

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"The Prince of Fire is a significant collection in that it provides much insight into the continuing relationship between social reality and artistic creation in Serbian fiction."
—World Literature Today

“ The anthology offers a rich variety of storytelling that ranges from traditional realism to magical realism and postmodernism. Whether describing peasant life or urban dreamscapes, these are tales well told. highly recommended for literature collections in academic and large public libraries.”
—Library Journal

Library Journal
Owing to the turmoil that has scarred the Serbian landscape over the past few years, the mention of that country tends to bring to mind savage images of intolerance and war. In her excellent introduction, Gorup expresses the hope that this collection of Serbian stories will provide its readers with a clearer view of the region and its ongoing conflicts. In the title story, by Filip David, a father tells his son that "the main source of understanding is the heart." Good advice for the reader as well, for these are essentially stories of the heart--tales that lead ever deeper into life's dark forest along the road to death. Time, change, emptiness, and loneliness are prominent themes. Ethnicity is present, too, generally in the background but occasionally as the focal point: in Mladen Markov's "The Banat Train," a little boy and his family are mistreated because of their nationality, while Milorad Pavic offers a parable about Europe and the Balkans in "The Wedgewood Tea Set." The anthology offers a rich variety of storytelling that ranges from traditional realism to magical realism and postmodernism. Whether describing peasant life or urban dreamscapes, these are tales well told. Highly recommended for literature collections in academic and large public libraries.--Sister M. Anna Falbo, Villa Maria Coll. Lib., Buffalo
Kirkus Reviews
A richly varied, if somewhat uneven, collection of 35 stories by as many postwar writers, only a handful of whom (e.g., Danile Ki', Miodrag Bulatovi', and Milorad Pavi') are well known in English translation. Rural, socialist, and magical realism are all amply represented in work that ranges from several sketchy vignettes to enjoyably baroque pieces like Pavi"s 'The Wedgewood Tea Set' and Mileta Prodanovi"s wild historical fantasy 'Degli' Impiccati.' A few are superb: Borisklav Peki"s empathetic tale of a medieval artisan's aesthetic integrity in a time of plague and wholesale savagery ('Megalos Mastaros and His Work, 1347 a.d.'); Bulatovi"s emotional portrayal of a macho egomaniac ('The Lovers'); Filip David's imaginative reworking of the Wandering Jew legend('The Prince of Fire'); and David Albahari's technically ingenious Holocaust tale ('The Great Rebellion at the Stuln Nazi Camp'). There are at least a dozen more fine stories in their unusual and satisfying anthology.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822956617
  • Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1998
  • Series: Pitt Series in Russian and East European Studies
  • Edition description: ANNUAL
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 392
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Radmila J. Gorup received a Fulbright award to travel and lecture in Yugoslavia in 1986 and an ACLS grant to travel to Slovenia in 1991. Gorup is the author of The Semantic Organization of the Serbo-Croatian Verb, and has written numerous research articles and reviews on linguistics and on Serbian literature. She is guest editor for an issue of the Review of Contemporary Fiction dedicated to Milorad Pavic to be published in 1998, and is the president of the North American Society for Serbian Studies. She currently teaches in the Slavic Department of Columbia University.

Nadezda Obradovic has edited and translated several special issues of literary periodicals devoted to African literature; she reviews for World Literature Today and is the editor and translator of nine books, including African Rhapsody and Looking for a Rain God. She is the 1997 recipient of the Golden Badge Award for her contribution to the culture of Serbia.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction
The Whole Self 1
The Wedgewood Tea Set 9
Megalos Mastoras and His Work, 1347 A.D. 17
The Lovers 55
Catch a Falling Star 71
Sima Street 83
The Question 91
The Banat Train 103
The African Violet 111
The Lute and Scars 119
The Gift 131
The Scream 137
The Other Side of Our Eyes 143
Sweet Turtledove 151
The Prince of Fire 163
The Duel 177
D. S. 193
Souls of Stone 201
Night Under the Kosmaj 215
The Locksmith Was Better 221
The Forest of Perpetual Darkness 229
Smiles 239
A Picture Without Father 247
The Great Rebellion at the Stuln Nazi Camp 259
Skull Tower 267
The Yellow Dog 273
The Clock in the Roofbeam of Hvosno 277
Linea Grimani 285
A Woman from a Catalogue 299
The Plague Report 315
A Letter from Hell 325
The Morning After Remake 333
Degli' Impiccati 343
In the Mountains 355
Man Without a Face 367
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