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Writing Postcommunism: Towards a Literature of the East European Ruins (Palgrave Studies in Modern European Literature)


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Moving through the elegiac ruins of the Berlin Wall and the Yugoslav disintegration, Writing Postcommunism explores literary evocations of the pervasive disappointment and mourning that have marked the postcommunist twilight. With particular reference to the writings of Croatian émigré Dubravka Ugrešic, and those of Milan Kundera, Clemens Meyer, Ingo Schulze, Jáchym Topol, Christa Wolf, and others, it is argued that a significant body of postcommunist literature is underpinned and scarred by the semantic field of ruins: melancholia and nostalgia, presence and absence, pride and shame, and not least, remembering and forgetting. Taken together, the writings considered suggest a post-1989 'literature of the ruins', an amorphous, anti-formative framework that also dramatically illuminates the post-1989 ruins of east European literature itself - what remains when, as György Konrád put it, 'something is over'.

About the Author

David Williams is the translator of Dubravka Ugrešic's Karaoke Culture (2011) and Miljenko Jergovic's Mama Leone (2012). He holds a doctorate in Comparative Literature from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, has taught at the Universities of East Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina; Belgrade and Novi Sad, Serbia; and Auckland, New Zealand, and held postdoctoral fellowships at the Universities of Leipzig and Konstanz, Germany.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Exercises in Polysemy

1. 'The Citizen of a Ruin'

2. Unconditional Surrender and the Ruins of Berlin

3. Aporias, Impasses, and Ostalgia

4. Trümmerliteratur Redux

Epilogue: 'The Future Has No Future'

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Williams, David
Palgrave MacMillan
Europe - Eastern
Linguistics - Semantics
European - General
World History-Eastern Europe
Palgrave Studies in Modern European Literature
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