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Fathers and Forefathers Update Two years after I read this one, happened to have a look at comments and I feel I was unfair with my rating I still have the plot in my mind and I could say it s not just a very good book It s a great book 4 stars seems not enough, 5 big starsI was introduced in Serbian literature through recommendations of books and authors like Andric, Kis and some others Since then I became really interested in this literature and I started my own research on it Fathers and forefathers was, let s Update Two years after I read this one, happened to have a look at comments and I feel I was unfair with my rating I still have the plot in my mind and I could say it s not just a very good book It s a great book 4 stars seems not enough, 5 big starsI was introduced in Serbian literature through recommendations of books and authors like Andric, Kis and some others Since then I became really interested in this literature and I started my own research on it Fathers and forefathers was, let s say a personal discovery and after reading I felt double happy, since I really liked this book.The character of the book is quite autobiographical, since the author himself completed his studies in England, something seems that affected his overall ideology which iswestern than Balkan This can be clearly seen through the pages and the plot of the book, as well as his antithesis towards the nationalism of his countrymen and Croats The book based on two layers, one underlining the cultural differences between two countries, UK and Serbia, while the other doing a historical and political approach of the events that took place over the years in Serbia.The writers language is very nice and gave me the impression of a very smart and open minded person I think cultural differences are brilliantly captured through the pages while the use in several cases of English with translation at the bottom of the page gives a very beautiful color to the text The historical political events are rendered with a rather objective look, something that one can hardly believe that come from Serbian person.From the few things I know about the ideology, mentality, temperament of Serbian people I have the feeling that this is a very sincere text, and I take my hat off to the author s courage of personal esteem that appears in its pages Surely this is not a book that will relax you, is by no means a light reading to spend carefree time, however I found it very remarkable, serious and probably important book Personally I really enjoyed it A touching story of cultural difference and tested loyalties Set in Belgrade before WWII, Fathers and Forefathers tells the story of the marriage between a Steven, a Serb, and Elizabeth, an Englishwoman After meeting at an English university they marry and leave England to build their life together Steven s narrative and Elizabeth s letters home reveal two very different personal accounts of the difficulties this involves Raised in Serbia their son, Mihajlo, is ashamed of his mixed parentage and rebels against his non Serbian ancestry On the eve of the war, Steven s loyalties are challenged when his counsel is sought by both the Serbian king and the opposition He resolves to keep his distance from the conflict, but Mihajlo s radical response forces him to become involved, and tragedy engulfs the family . Jezik nije oveku dat samo da bi mogao tra iti papu e ili jo malo aja Jezikom ovek, svaki ponaosob, pokazuje du u, besmrtnu sa svoje jedinstvenosti sadr ane u na inu, vi e no u predmetu, govora. Vise je 4.Emotivno, jako, bolno, ali nije cista petica zbog nekoliko zamornih sekvenci o komunizmu i politicarima nakon drugog svetskog rata. Ceo prikaz je moj li ni utisak o ovom romanu Uzeo sam O eve i oce iz prostog razloga to se mnogima i stvarno ka em, mnogima u iji sud verujem ovaj roman svideo Me utim, ja ne mogu da ka em da je to bio slu aj sa mnom Svakako se sla em da je ovo jedno dobro napisano, kvalitetno i bitno tivo, a svi znaju da volim bitne teme o kojima bi trebalo da se pri a Ipak, mene Seleni nije uspeo da kupi svojom prozom, na momente mi je bio prili no nezan Ceo prikaz je moj li ni utisak o ovom romanu Uzeo sam O eve i oce iz prostog razloga to se mnogima i stvarno ka em, mnogima u iji sud verujem ovaj roman svideo Me utim, ja ne mogu da ka em da je to bio slu aj sa mnom Svakako se sla em da je ovo jedno dobro napisano, kvalitetno i bitno tivo, a svi znaju da volim bitne teme o kojima bi trebalo da se pri a Ipak, mene Seleni nije uspeo da kupi svojom prozom, na momente mi je bio prili no nezanimljiv, iako je bilo zaista dobrih delova u ovom romanu.Krajnji utisak mi je da mi je mnogo toga zasmetalo Zasmetalo mi je konstantno kori enje engleskih re i i izraza, koji su nekad duga ki i po celu stranu Razumem iz kog razloga je uba en engleski i razumem ovaj stil, ali u odre enim momentima je stvarno preterao Tako e, re kadar sam pro itao toliko puta, da sam, kada sam je video u romanu petnaesti put, zatvorio knjigu i rekao da u nastaviti posle jer sam bio prili no besan zbog konstantnog ponavljanja jedne re i.Da li preporu ujem ovaj roman Da, ali samo iz razloga to mo da ovo nije bio pravo trenutak da je ja pro itam Ako se mnogima dopala, postoje velike anse da e i Vama, stoga je preporu ujem Ipak, uvek imajte u vidu da Vam mo da ne e biti toliko interesantna, tako da je uzimate na sopstvenu odgovornost Na kraju krajeva, Seleni je svakako kvalitetan pisac i vrlo bitan za ovaj period srpske knji evnosti, i mislim da bi mu trebalo dati ansu Ja jesam, i tu zavr avam sa gospodinom Seleni em, bar za sada A snapshot of the life of two people in Belgrade during Yugoslavia s turbulent transition into communism Try as they might, they couldn t stem the tide of politics from engulfing their family, eventually leading to a heart rending, and tragic conclusion.It s very well written, but it s definitely not light bedtime reading If you have even a modicum of interest in Yugoslav history, or politics, you ll find yourself unable to put it down.It struck a particular chord with me, having somewhat a du A snapshot of the life of two people in Belgrade during Yugoslavia s turbulent transition into communism Try as they might, they couldn t stem the tide of politics from engulfing their family, eventually leading to a heart rending, and tragic conclusion.It s very well written, but it s definitely not light bedtime reading If you have even a modicum of interest in Yugoslav history, or politics, you ll find yourself unable to put it down.It struck a particular chord with me, having somewhat a dual identity myself, just like one of the characters in the book It s sobering to think what human beings are capable of, and how your deeds, and accomplishments don t matter one iota if the group doesn t think you belong You will never truly belong And it s no secret that elites around the world often exploit this kind of tribalism for their own nefarious purposes, most often to indoctrinate a population.Strongly recommend this book ,. Jedna od boljih, pejza nim jezikom do arana su tina onog to jesmo i emu te imo nekada i danas


About the Author: Slobodan Selenić

Slobodan Selenic was one of the greatest literary talents in Serbia of recent times His novels such as Prijatelji The Friends and Ocevi i oci Fathers and Forefathers and plays such as Ruzenje naroda Spiting the Nation and Knez Pavle Prince Paul have dominated the last 15 years in Belgrade.His chief preoccupation concerned the coming to power of the Communists in 1945 and their destruction of the economic, political and cultural life of his country Describing the fabric of Serbian society before the Second World War he painted a picture of a fledgling democracy struggling to emerge in Europe and leave behind the legacy of Balkan primitivism His Belgrade of the 1920s and 1930s is a city in development Paved streets are taking the place of mud and cobblestones, while men educated in Western universities are striving to replace the notional myths of the largely peasant population byrational ways of thinking.Always a realist, both by intellectual constitution and in his narrative designs, he never lost sight in his fictional world of the fact that these changes are difficult and his characters frequently bear the imprint of two worlds They are caught between the European future and the weight of the Balkan past, trying to balance them His works present the need to confront the truth of history and to build an honest patriotism which respects the patriotism of others He sees this vision destroyed by the arrival of the Communists in whose collectivist ideology there is no room for the kind of individual integrity on which his characters construct their goals.In the last few years he witnessed the re emergence of similar powers in his native country As he blamed the Communists for blocking the development of civil society, so he blamed the present Serbian nationalist forces for a return to a false ideal of a folksy culture.More than this, in his last novel, Ubistvo s predumisljajem Premeditated Murder , 1993 , he presents the irrationality of the present wars The narrative is set at the end of 1992 in Belgrade under sanctions, with student demonstrations against the government and its policies He juxtaposes these scenes with scenes from 1944 with which he sees unmistakable parallels The work closes on a battlefield in Croatia at the beginning of 1993 and the recovery of the corpse of a Serbian soldier from the Krajina region His meaningless death says it all.Selenic studied drama at the University of Belgrade, including a stint as a postgraduate student at Bristol University in the 1950s He was later appointed as a lecturer and then professor of his subject, posts which he combined with his literary activities He was politically active in the Depos organisation supporting the candidature of Milan Panic against the incumbent Slobodan Milosevic towards the end of 1992 Disappointed by the collapse of the opposition movement in Serbia, he refused to wallow in despondency, believing that there would be a better future for his country.Selenic s general outlook and his easy tolerance made him many enemies amongst nationalists at home and in Croatia It also made him many friends amongst like minded people His company was sought by diplomats and other foreigners arriving in Belgrade trying to understand the present Balkan situation.It is ironic that his early death from cancer came at the time when his literary reputation is about to spread The publishing house Harvill is planning the publication of his last novel in English translation for next year The author both as a human being and as a writer, in himself and in his fictions, offered a ray of hope otherwise absent in these evil times.David NorrisSlobodan Selenic, writer born 7 June 1933 died Belgrade 27 October 1995 By David Norris


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