Essays - 'A unique tone of voice, a madcap wit and a lively sense of the absurd. Ingenious.'- Marina Warner. By Dubravka Ugresic, and translated to English by Ellen Elias-Bursac.
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Telegram, London, English Edition 2007
13 x 20 cm
A whole world seems to orbit within 'Nobody's Home', a world that seems familiar yet strange. Ugresic constantly surprises with her acerbically funny observations, whether comparing the idolatry of saints and celebrities, or the modernization of Eastern Europe with Western Europe's increasing Sovietization. Happiness, nostalgia, gardening, slavery, communism, time and space - these are just some of the topics touched upon on these momentous travels.
Dubravka Ugresic takes us on her whirligig travels through Europe, and across to the US, offering her insightful and unique perspectives on literature, geopolitics, East and West. She wryly points out that while the Eastern bloc is gripped by Western modernization, the West is becoming increasingly Sovietized, with Internet banking, speed dating and automatic supermarket checkouts.
And she doesn't stop there. She's got something to say about everything from flea markets and souvenirs to celebrity and slavery, in this kaleidoscopic tour de force.
'A writer to be treasured.' - The Guardian
Dubravka Ugresic has been compared favourably with writers such as Vladimir Nobokov, Milan Kundera, George Orwell and Virginia Woolf, and is the recipient of many literary prizes. She entered self-imposed exile when Croatia's late president, Franjo Tudjman, proclaimed Croatia to be 'paradise on earth' in the early 1990's.