Balkan Blues

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ISBN 978-0-8101-1325-1
Publication Date
October 1995
Page Count
268 pages
Trim Size
4 3/4 x 8

Balkan Blues

Writing Out of Yugoslavia
Joanna Labon

This collection first appeared as a special issue of Storm, the British literary journal of new eastern European writing. Joanna Labon has selected excellent, timely essays, stories, drama, and prose by exiled or silenced members of the Yugoslav intelligentsia.

Contributors: Dubravka Ugrešic, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Dragan Velikic, Danilo Kiš, Drago Jancar, Mirko Kovac, Goran Stefanovski, Dževad Karahasan, and Slobodan Blagojevic.

About the Author

Joanna Labon was born in 1962 and graduated from Manchester University.  She worked as a bookseller and as an editor at Faber and Faber before fouding Storm in 1990.  She was the publisher Jonathan Cape's foreign literature advisor from 1991 to 1993 and for the past several years has been the Institute of Contemporary Arts' main consultant on eastern Europe.  She lives in London. 
"A remarkable editorial achievement."
--Mark Thompson, Guardian

"Politics, war and landscape are indissolubly wedded, the beauty sustains the suffering, the suffering deepens and gives dark new meaning to the beauty."
--Hugh Barnes, Independent
"A collection of contemporary writers celebrating the vibrant culture of what was Yugoslavia even as they verify its end." --American Bookseller