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

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

by Radmila Gorup
     
 

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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

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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.  These stories may lead to a greater understanding of the current events in the former Yugoslavia.

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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:
06/28/1998
Series:
Pitt Russian East European Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
392
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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