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Afterwards : Slovenian writing, 1945-1995 /
edited by Andrew Zawacki.
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Buffalo, NY : White Pine Press, c1999.
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243 p. ; 23 cm.
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1877727970 (alk. paper)
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Buffalo, NY : White Pine Press, c1999.
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1877727970 (alk. paper)
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Appeared in Library Journal on 2000-02-01:
Few works can compare with this anthology of Slovenian literature: Ales Debeljak's Twilight of the Idols (LJ 11/1/94) addresses more the breakup of Yugoslavia than Slovenian literature, and two other recent anthologies, Contemporary Slovenian Literature in Translation (Trubar Fnd., 1998) and Panorama of Contemporary Slovene Literature (Slovene Pen Centre and Slovene Writers' Assn., 1980), are each much smaller than Afterwards. An introduction by Zawacki, a doctoral candidate at the University of Chicago, is followed by Debeljak's history of Slovenian literature and Andrei Inkret's characterization of Slovenia's literature. Poetry figures prominently: a special essay by Edward Kocbek is followed by about 70 poems. Other sections contain essays and fiction. Overall, this book exudes a gentle, civilized, almost Viennese sadness that contrasts with the often harsh subject matter. Recommended for middle and East European collections.--Bert Beynen, Des Moines Area Comm. Coll. Lib., Ankeny, IA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Summaries
Main Description
An instructive essay by poet and critic Ales Debeljak opens this introduction to the rich, post-World War II literary tradition of Slovenia, a nation that emerged from the former Yugoslavia in 1991 following a brief conflict that prefigured the Balkan conflicts that persist to this day. Part of one empire or another for centuries, Slovenia was denied a cultural identity of its own. Its writers, however, insisted on writing in their native tongue, thus keeping Slovenian culture alive in the written word. Contributors include Edvard Kocbek, Tomaz Salamun, Drago Jancar, Berta Bojetu-Boeta, and others.
Main Description
A selection of essays, poetry, and fiction from this emerging Balkan nation.
Main Description
Slovenia emerged from the former Yugoslavia in 1991 following a brief skirmish that prefigured the Balkan conflicts that persist to this day. Part of one empire or another for centuries, Slovenia was denied a cultural identity of its own. Its writers, however, insisted on writing in their native tongue, thus keeping Slovenian culture alive in the written word. The confused, confusing questions of Europe, ethnicity, empire, and autonomy are often only backdrop to what may of these writers have sought to foreground, namely, an attention to private life and its attendant sorrows and joy. In their work Slovenian authors still insist upon fidelity to a personal dialogue that, far from delaying these tragedies, in fact redeems them. Such poignant, reverent pleas for intimacy amid destruction may be the hallmark of most engaging writing in Central Europe, from which Slovenia is a crucial, distinctive voice.
Table of Contents
Introductionp. 11
Essays
Slovenia: A Brief Literary Historyp. 21
Melancholy Meditations on Slovenian Literaturep. 41
On Poetryp. 45
Excerpts from Pilgrim Among the Shadowsp. 53
Excerpts from "Memories of Yugoslavia"p. 61
The Summer Battlep. 79
Poetry
The Lippizanersp. 89
Song About Manp. 92
Slovenian Hymnp. 94
Handsp. 96
Into the Darkp. 97
Who Am I?p. 98
My Lifep. 99
The Time of Poemsp. 101
"We walk, exhausted and dimly changed"p. 102
And Yetp. 103
Little Night Musicp. 104
The Boatp. 105
Novemberp. 106
Image of an Unreal Place - A Sketchp. 107
You Are Notp. 108
Rainp. 110
Dead Thingsp. 111
Dead Pinesp. 112
From Twop. 113
There Was a Tiger Herep. 114
Snowp. 117
From The Inferno: Part II - The Mountainp. 118
A poemp. 120
Dead Soldiers' Autumnp. 121
Garden of Goldp. 122
Rainp. 123
Labradorp. 124
The Fish Faronika Carries the World on Her Backp. 125
The Kangaroop. 126
Into Your Eyep. 127
Windp. 128
Anthillp. 129
The Snakep. 130
Fatiguep. 132
I Amp. 133
The Housep. 134
Historyp. 135
Jonahp. 136
Folk Songp. 137
Death's Windowp. 138
Red Cliffp. 139
I and Thoup. 140
Versaillesp. 141
Kiss the Eyes of Peacep. 142
There is Still No Name for Youp. 143
Anaximander is Measuringp. 144
Anaximander is Dreamingp. 145
The Origin of Languagep. 146
Limping Sonnetp. 147
From Volframp. 148
Uni-versep. 154
Interiorp. 155
Exilep. 156
Living Shadowp. 157
From Silk and Flaxp. 158
Hasanaginicap. 162
Quadruple Voices: Quadropheniap. 163
Strung Seedsp. 164
Barefoot Marchp. 165
Nothing Remainsp. 166
My Cautious Comingp. 167
There Are Daysp. 168
Elegies from the North Ip. 169
Elegies from the North IIp. 170
Elegies from the North Vp. 171
Late Evening Light VIIp. 172
A River and a Young Woman Vp. 173
Ways of Saying Goodbye VIp. 174
Empty Rooms Vp. 175
Fiction
An excerpt from A Day in Springp. 179
An excerpt from Minuet for the Guitarp. 187
An excerpt from The Great Bearp. 196
An excerpt from Filio is Not at Homep. 210
Billie Holidayp. 226
Notes on the Contributorsp. 233
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