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Shake, Rattle and Roll

Dalibor Mišina. Shake, Rattle and Roll: Yugoslav Rock Music and the Poetics of Social Critique. London: Routledge, 2013.

Massacre of the Present

Jurica Pavičić, “HRVATSKA JE IZVUKLA NAJVEĆU DOBIT IZ JUGOSLAVIJE! Vladajuća ideologija drži se mita da je to bila negacija hrvatskog identiteta, a istina je suprotna,” Jutarni List, 2/19/2018 [pdf]

“I, who have lost my homeland…”

I, who have lost my homeland, want to congratulate everyone who has realized their heavenly, thousand-year-old dream and gained a homeland.

“Yustalgia”

A 2012 song and video by the Bosnian rapper Haris Rahmanović AKA Priki, 31, imagined what Yugoslavia may have looked like had it never disintegrated.

Tito’s Last Town

“OVO JE POSLJEDNJI TITOV GRAD NA PROSTORIMA BIVŠE JUGOSLAVIJE ‘Kada bih mogao dignuti Broza iz groba i leći tamo umjesto njega, ja bih to učinio odmah’,” Jutarnji List, 3/11/2018 [pdf]

“It’s a poor sort of memory…”

It’s a poor sort of memory that only works backwards.

Poem: “Why Am I a Yugoslav?”

Dimitar Anakiev, “Zašto sam Jugosloven?” XXZ Magazin, 12/20/2018 [pdf]

The Taboo of Memory: A Pain Called Yugonostalgia

Ana Hofman. “Tabu na sećanja: Bolest zvana jugonostalgija.” Nova srpska politička misao: časopis za političku teoriju i društvena istraživanja. 11/5/2007.

Novi život partizanskih pesama (The New Life of Partisan Songs)

In December 2016, The Calvert Journal ran a story about a revival of Partisan songs in the Balkans, driven by “activist choirs.”

“The most painful state of being…”

The most painful state of being is remembering the future, particularly one you can never have.

General Consulate of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia

General Consulate of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia is a nonprofit based in Tivat, Montenegro, promoting the former country.

Monument to Tito Unveiled in Podgorica

Radio Slobodna Europa today reports that a memorial to Tito was unveiled in Podgorica.

6 Things Serbs Say Why Yugoslavia Was Better

“6 predanja svakog jugonostalgičara,” Telegraf, 11/29/2018 [pdf]

Remembering 29 November, Dan Republike (Republic Day)

It is no coincidence I launched Remembering Yugoslavia on November 29 (2017).

Europe in Sepia

Dubravka Ugresić. Europe in Sepia. Translated from the Croatian by David Williams. Rochester, NY: Open Letter, 2014

Karaoke Culture

Dubravka Ugresic: Karaoke Culture. Rochester: Open Letter, 2011

Twilight of the Idols

Aleš Debeljak. Twilight of the Idols: Recollections of a Lost Yugoslavia. Translated from the Slovenian by Michael Biggins. Buffalo, NY: White Pine Press, 1995

Miss Ex-Yugoslavia: A Memoir

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

“Guide to Yugonostalgia”

Svjetlana Rašić, “Vodič kroz jugonostalgiju: Da li je 25.maj u modi?” (Guide to Yugonostalgia: Is May 25 in Fashion?), Esquire Serbia, 5/26/2017

Remembering 25 May, Dan Mladosti (Day of Youth)

Dan Mladosti was one of the biggest holidays in SFRY and it continues to be commemorated today.

The Cultural Life of Capitalism in Yugoslavia

Jelača, Dijana, Maša Kolanović, and Danijela Lugarić, eds. The Cultural Life of Capitalism in Yugoslavia: (Post)Socialism and Its Other. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave MacMillan, 2017.

In Praise of Forgetting

Rieff, David. In Praise of Forgetting: Historical Memory and Its Ironies. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2016.

The Collective Memory Reader

Olick, Jeffrey, Vered Vinitzky-Seroussi, and Daniel Levy, eds. The Collective Memory Reader. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011.

Travels with Herodotus

Kapuscinski, Ryszard. Travels with Herodotus. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2007.

The Ministry of Pain

Ugrešić, Dubravka. The Ministry of Pain. Translated by Michael Henry Helm. New York: HarperCollins, 2005.

“Aquellos que no pueden recordar el pasado…”

Aquellos que no pueden recordar el pasado están condenados a repetirlo. (Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.)

Nostalgia: Origins and Ends of an Unenlightened Disease

Illsbruck, Helmut. Nostalgia: Origins and Ends of an Unenlightened Disease. Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 2012.

Remembering Utopia

Luthar, Breda, and Maruša Pušnik, eds. Remembering Utopia: The Culture of Everyday Life in Socialist Yugoslavia. Washington, DC: New Academia Publishing, 2010.

The Spirit of Mourning

Connerton, Paul. The Spirit of Mourning: History, Memory and the Body. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011.

Past for the Eyes

Sarkisova, Oksana, and Péter Apor. Past for the Eyes: East European Representations of Communism in Cinema and Museums after 1989. Budapest: Central European University Press, 2008

Balkan Idols

Perica, Vjekoslav. Balkan Idols: Religion and Nationalism in Yugoslav States. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002.

The Past Within Us

Morris-Suzuki, Tessa. The Past Within Us: Media, Memory, History. London: Verso, 2005.

“It will end in a fog…”

I think that the picture of Yugoslavia, of the life in it, and what kind of country it was will be less and less clear as more and more time passes since its breakup.

On Longing

Stewart, Susan. On Longing: Narratives of the Miniature, the Gigantic, the Souvenir, the Collection. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1993.

“The past is never dead…”

The past is never dead. It’s not even past.

The Kitschification of Communist Material Culture

Fischer, Lisa Pope. Symbolic Traces of Communist Legacy in Post-Communist Hungary: Experiences of a Generation that Lived During the Socialist Era. Leiden: Brill, 2016.

Notes on Užice

[This is a running post, updated with new notes as needed.]

Notes on Kragujevac

[This is a running post, updated with new notes as needed.]

Notes on Jajce

[This is a running post, updated with new notes as needed.]

“The struggle of man…”

The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting.

The Yugoslav Drama

Crnobrnja, Mihailo. The Yugoslav Drama. 2nd edition. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 1994.

Yugoslavia Dismembered

Samary, Catherine. Yugoslavia Dismembered. Translated from the French by Peter Drucker. New York: Monthly Review Press, 1995.

Tito in Street Names Across Former Yugoslav Republics

The Italian researcher Giorgio Comai has created a map of streets and squares across the former Yugoslavia bearing Tito’s name.

Post-Communist Nostalgia

Todorova, Maria, and Zsuzsa Gille, eds. Post-Communist Nostalgia. New York: Berghahn Books, 2010.

“The thing I miss about communism…”

I was about 18 when these Changes happened. I studied hard in school and did all the things I was supposed to do. But it was for nothing.

Post-communist nostalgia as a special memory case

Todorova, Maria. “Daring to remember Bulgaria, pre-1989.” The Guardian, 9 November 2009.

Remembrance of Things Past

Proust, Michael. Swann’s Way: In Search of Lost Time, Volume 1. 1913.

“There is no greater sorrow…”

In the tragedy Medea (431 BC), Euripides describes the protagonist’s feeling about her exile.

How and what different generations remember

As I reviewed media coverage of Republic Day in Yugoslavia’s successor countries, I saw parallels with Slovakia in how different generations remember the former country.

A Politics of Sorrow

Ljubisic, Davorka. A Politics of Sorrow: The Disintegration of Yugoslavia. Montreal: Black Rose Books, 2004

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