Bora Cosic

The Journey to Alaska

Original Serbian title: Put na Aljasku. Published by Prosveta, Belgrade
(German title: Die Reise nach Alaska)
ca. 172 pages
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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In early 2005, the Serbian author Bora Ćosić set out on a journey through former Yugoslavia. Having fled the country in the early nineties, he finds it full of new contradictions; piles of garbage tower in Croatia, towns still bear the scars of war. In Sarajevo, a tacit awareness of the siege years has fused with the present; he enters Belgrade as a native outsider.

Ćosić combines sensory perceptions with sharp-witted reflections, political criticism, and reminisces of a vibrant avante garde cultural scene, approaching the central question: how could such a catastrophe occur?

Other publications

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

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