Stefanovic, Sofija. Miss Ex-Yugoslavia: A Memoir. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2018.

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“Yugo-nostalgics…remember, and pine for, Yugoslavia as it was before the wars, before politicians and crazy people took over, when kids of all nationalities played in the parking lots without fear of death.”

“…it occurred to me that when I said I “missed” Belgrade…I wasn’t actually thinking of this place. I barely knew it. Instead, I missed a small cluster of memories from my early childhood. My Belgrade was a place from another time. …it became apparent that the place I missed was my life before anything bad ever happened.”