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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.

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