The Culture of Lies: Antipolitical Essays

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Penn State Press, 1998 - History - 273 pages
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The Culture of Lies is one of the most intelligent and lucid accounts of an appalling episode in history. It shows us the banality and brutality of nationalism and the way that nationalistic ideology permeates every pore of life. Ugrešić's acerbic and penetrating essays cover everything from politics to daily routine, from public to private life.

With a diverse and unusual perspective, she writes about memory, soap operas, the destruction of everyday life, kitsch, the conformity of intellectuals, propaganda and censorship, the strategies of human manipulation and the walls of Europe which, she argues, never really did fall.

Shot through with irony and sadness, satirical protest and bitter melancholy, The Culture of Lies is a gesture of intellectual resistance by a writer branded 'a traitor' and 'a witch’ in Croatia.

  

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The culture of lies: antipolitical essays

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This is a collection of cynical but uniformly unbiased "antipolitical essays" portraying the reality of Communist and post-Communist Yugoslavia. Ugresic's (Have a Nice Day, LJ 3/1/95) intent is not to ... Read full review

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I found myself trapped reading this book of essays on Serb-Croat pickles and peccadilloes. Plucking it idly from the library, based solely on my previous four sit-downs with Dubravka, I found the ... Read full review

Contents

Foreword
vii
Preface
xi
DARK BEGINNING
1
THE PALINDROME CONSPIRACY
11
My First Primer
13
The Palindrome Story
20
Priests and Parrots
34
SWEET STRATEGIES
47
Because Were Just Boys
113
Balkan Blues
128
The Tale of the Bomb and the Book
151
Intellectual
177
FOOTNOTES
189
IN RUINS
203
Life as a Soap Opera
205
The Confiscation of Memory
217

Gingerbread Heart Culture
49
The Realisation of a Metaphor
55
The Culture of Lies
66
Good Night Croatian Writers Wherever You May Be
86
CONVERSATIONS OR REPAIRING THE TAP IN THREE EPISODES
97
CULTURE AND GUNPOWDER
111
Nice People Dont Mention Such Things
236
SOUVENIRS FROM PARADISE
253
Glossary
269
Note
275
Copyright

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About the author (1998)

Dubravka Ugresić is the author of many books, including four that have been translated into English: In the Jaws of Life and Other Stories (1993), Fording the Stream of Consciousness (1993), Have a Nice Day (1994), and The Museum of Unconditional Surrender (1998). She was awarded the prestigious Charles Veillon Prize in 1996 for The Culture of Lies. Since 1993 she has lived in exile in Amsterdam and frequently lectures in the United States.

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