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Bora Cosic

Land Zero - Original Serbian title: Nulta Zemlja. Published by Feral Tribune, Split

German edition 2004 by Suhrkamp
(German title: Das Land Null)
ca. 308 pages
Clothbound
2002
Bora Cosic
Foto: Bora Cosic
© Jürgen Bauer

»A terrific European author!« Süddeutsche Zeitung

»Bora Ćosić is a literary brother of the great Czech Bohumil Hrabal« FAZ


Bora Cosic, born in 1932, joined forces with other avant-garde Serbian writers and artists in the mid-1950s. Today, he is widely considered one of the most important authors in the former Yugoslavia. In 2002, he was awarded the Prize for European Entente at the Leipzig Book Fair.

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»Il Borgo« is the name of an ancient villa above the sea. It has become a forteress, since the land surrounding it has gone crazy and has constrained the narrator, the sole person that has preserved his lucidity, into a state of beleague.

He tumbles through the »chambers of the past« and feels spyed on by his neighbours - an isolated citizen and a lonesome intellectual, who barricades himself in his own house against the dread of avalanching barbarousness. Bora Cosic describes in seven chapters the very sceneries of origin when it comes to European being. Land Zero, a radical mature´s age piece of work, is the consumption of a definitive farewell to Belgrade, the former sight of action of an European avantgarde.

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Die Reise nach Alaska/The Journey to Alaska (2006)

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Poland (Czarne), Bulgaria (Paradox)

Die Rolle meiner Familie in der Weltrevolution/My Family's Role in the World Revolution (1980)

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English world rights (Northwestern UP), Spanish world rights (Minuscula), Russia (Azbuka), France (Laffont), Italy (e/o), Korea (Esang), Poland (Czarne), Romania (Art)