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Materada: Fulvio Tomizza; Translated from the Italian by Russell Scott Valentino (Writings from an Unbound Europe)

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Francesco Koslovic — even his name straddles two cultures. And in the spring of 1955, in the village of Materada on the Istrian Peninsula, the two worlds of Francesco Koslovic are coming apart. A novel both lyrical and elegiac, Materada unfolds against the backdrop of the Istrian "exodus" — the departure from their homeland of hundreds of thousands who had once thrived in the peninsula's rich ethnic mixture of Italian and Slav, Croat and Slovene. Complicating — and hastening — Koslovic's own departure is his vain attempt to keep land that he and his brother have worked all their lives.<P>As Koslovic narrates the events leading up to his family's displacement — and the feud that divides the family itself — he brings a rare immediacy to the questions of ethnic identity that have rolled Central Europe in the twentieth century. A picture of a disappearing way of life, imbued with love for the tastes and tales and songs of his native Istria, Koslovic's story is also a testament to the inextricably intertwined ethnic roots of Balkan history.

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Francesco Koslovic--even his name straddles two cultures. And during the spring of 1955, in the village of Materada on the Istrian Peninsula, his two worlds are coming apart. Materada, the first volume of Fulvio Tomizza's celebrated Istrian Trilogy, depicts the Istrian exodus of the hundreds of thousands who had once thrived in a rich ethnic mixture of Italians and Slavs. Complicating Koslovic's own departure is his attempt to keep the land that he and his brother have worked all their lives.

A picture of a disappearing way of life, a tale of feud and displacement, and imbued with the tastes, tales, and songs of his native Istria, Koslovic's story is a testament to the intertwined ethnic roots of Balkan history.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780810117594
Translator:
Valentino, Russell Scott
Publisher:
Northwestern University Press
Translator:
Valentino, Russell Scott
Author:
Tomizza, Fulvio
Author:
Valentino, Russell Scott
Location:
Evanston, Ill. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
History
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Materada (Croatia)
Subject:
Materada
Subject:
Materada (Croatia) - History
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Writings from an Unbound Europe Paperback
Series Volume:
NASA-TM-112484
Publication Date:
19991231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
134
Dimensions:
8 x 4.75 in

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Francesco Koslovic--even his name straddles two cultures. And during the spring of 1955, in the village of Materada on the Istrian Peninsula, his two worlds are coming apart. Materada, the first volume of Fulvio Tomizza's celebrated Istrian Trilogy, depicts the Istrian exodus of the hundreds of thousands who had once thrived in a rich ethnic mixture of Italians and Slavs. Complicating Koslovic's own departure is his attempt to keep the land that he and his brother have worked all their lives.

A picture of a disappearing way of life, a tale of feud and displacement, and imbued with the tastes, tales, and songs of his native Istria, Koslovic's story is a testament to the intertwined ethnic roots of Balkan history.

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