The Fortress

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Northwestern University Press, 1999 - Fiction - 406 pages
12 Reviews
The Fortress is one of the most significant and fascinating novels to come out of the former Yugoslavia. Ahmet Shabo returns home to eighteenth-century Sarajevo from the war in Russia, numbed by the death in battle or suicide of nearly his entire military unit. In time he overcomes the anguish of war, only to find that he has emerged a reflective and contemplative man in a society that does not value, and will not tolerate, the subversive implications of these qualities.
  

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User Review  - Jared Della Rocca - Goodreads

A deep book, not for the faint-of-heart, Selimovic packs quite a bit of personal "philosophy" into this cultural masterpiece. Reading it felt akin to reading The Brothers Karamazov, where the plot was ... Read full review

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User Review  - Ivana - Goodreads

Read it long time ago, but still is one of my favourite books ever Read full review

Contents

The Dniestr Marshes
3
Sadness and Laughter
13
Happiness Nonetheless
28
Enemy Country
54
Empty Space
76
A Strange Summer
103
The Dead Son
126
The Fear of Isolation
144
The Sorrow and the Fury
220
The Rescue
241
The Power of Love
270
Father and Son
292
The Epitaph
323
The Eternal Tracker
349
Death in Venice
373
The Fortress
394

A Tale of Childrens Flutes
160
A PureHearted Young Man
181
Ill Not Think of Ramiz
198
Glossary and References
401
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About the author (1999)

Mesa Selimovic (1910-82) is one of the most significant writers to emerge from Bosnia and Herzegovina. Born in Sarajevo, of Muslim descent, he brought to the literature of Yugoslavia an unprecedented psychological subtlety and an existential concern for characters at crucial moments of their lives. His novel Death and the Dervish was published by Northwestern University Press in 1996.

E. D. Goy was a lecturer in Slavonic studies at Cambridge for thirty-five years until his retirement in 1990.

Jasna Levinger was a lecturer in English language and sociolinguistics at the Universities of Sarajevo and Novi Sad. She now lives in Cambridge.

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