Literature and Film from East Europe's Forgotten "Second World": Essays of Invitation (Paperback)

Literature and Film from East Europe's Forgotten

Literature and Film from East Europe's Forgotten "Second World": Essays of Invitation (Paperback)


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Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia-no longer on the map. East Europe of the socialist period may seem like a historical oddity, apparently so different from everything before and after. Yet the masterpieces of literature and cinema from this largely forgotten "Second World," as well as by the authors formed in it and working in its aftermath, surprise and delight with their contemporary resonance.

This book introduces and illuminates a number of these works. It explores how their aesthetic ingenuity discovers ways of engaging existential and universal predicaments, such as how one may survive in the world of victimizations, or imagine a good city, or broach the human boundaries to live as a plant.

Like true classics of world art, these novels, stories, and films-to rephrase Bohumil Hrabal-keep "telling us things about ourselves we don't know." In lively and jargon-free prose, Gordana P. Crnkovic builds on her rich teaching experience to create paths to these works and reveal how they changed lives.
Gordana P. Crnkovic is Professor of Slavic and of Comparative Literature, Cinema and Media at the University of Washington, Seattle, USA. Her writings include Imagined Dialogues: Eastern European Literature in Conversation with American and English Literature (2000), Post-Yugoslav Literature and Film: Fires, Foundations, Flourishes (2012), over 30 articles, as well as texts of the experimental video Zagreb Everywhere.

Product Details ISBN: 9781501370694
ISBN-10: 1501370693
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publication Date: December 29th, 2022
Pages: 232
Language: English