In , he enrolled to study the Serbo-Croatian language and literature at the University of Belgrade Faculty of Philology and graduated in At that time he participated in the Soko athletic organisation. After his release, he moved to liberated territory, became a member of Communist Party of Yugoslavia and the political commissar of the Tuzla Detachment of the Partisans. After the war, he briefly resided in Belgrade , and in he moved to Sarajevo , where he was the professor of High School of Pedagogy and Faculty of Philology, art director of Bosna Film, chief of the drama section of the National Theater, and chief editor of the publishing house Svjetlost. Exasperated by a latent conflict with several local politicians and intellectuals, in he moved to Belgrade, where he lived until his death in Some critics have likened this novel to Kafka 's The Trial.
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A departure from his other novels, set in WWII or the middle ages, this novel describes the life of an elderly couple living on an island in Croatia in the s, neglected by their family who have forsaken their ancestral but under-developed island for the mainland and its opportunities.
It's a study of how even in a clas The author's penultimate novel I think. It's a study of how even in a classless society, there are winners and losers. The story is seen through the eyes of the old man, who is full of hopes and dreams, that never come to anything.
He's a loser who hasn't come to terms with that fact. In that respect it's quite depressing, a study of how a lonely and poverty-stricken old age can be a prelude to death - even in a socialist workers' paradise.
But at least he gets out and about, and isn't chained to a computer terminal. I cried my eyes out. Excellent, excellent book. Riddled with stories of emotion, "The Island" represents one of the rare cases a book from this author is set in contemporary times, with his ideas and opinions being far more evident than in his more historic novels. Melancholic sequences from elderly couple's life written with such depth and care, unfolding human nature and universal laws.
There is nothing special about the plot of this book and everything precious about author's writing style. Wonderful book. Almost every sentence is a quote for itself.
First of all Mesa Selimovic was a Serbian writer as he thought of himself and not Bosnian by ethnicity. Bosnia is a country of three nationalities and there faiths. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Readers also enjoyed. His most famous works deal with Bosnia and Herzegovina and the culture of the Bosniak inhabitants of the Ottoman province of Bosnia. Related Articles. What Happened to Offred? Thirty-four years after the publication of her dystopian classic, The Handmaid's Tale, Atwood returns to continue the story of Offred.
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