[Ebook] ➭ Fathers and Forefathers ➬ Slobodan Selenić – Writerscompany.co.uk

Fathers and Forefathers A Touching Story Of Cultural Difference And Tested Loyalties Set In Belgrade Before WWII, Fathers And Forefathers Tells The Story Of The Marriage Between A Steven, A Serb, And Elizabeth, An Englishwoman After Meeting At An English University They Marry And Leave England To Build Their Life Together Steven S Narrative And Elizabeth S Letters Home Reveal Two Very Different Personal Accounts Of The Difficulties This Involves Raised In Serbia Their Son, Mihajlo, Is Ashamed Of His Mixed Parentage And Rebels Against His Non Serbian Ancestry On The Eve Of The War, Steven S Loyalties Are Challenged When His Counsel Is Sought By Both The Serbian King And The Opposition He Resolves To Keep His Distance From The Conflict, But Mihajlo S Radical Response Forces Him To Become Involved, And Tragedy Engulfs The Family


About the Author: Slobodan Selenić

Slobodan Selenic was one of the greatest literary talents in Serbia of recent times His novels such as Prijatelji The Friends and Ocevi i oci Fathers and Forefathers and plays such as Ruzenje naroda Spiting the Nation and Knez Pavle Prince Paul have dominated the last 15 years in Belgrade.His chief preoccupation concerned the coming to power of the Communists in 1945 and their destruction of the economic, political and cultural life of his country Describing the fabric of Serbian society before the Second World War he painted a picture of a fledgling democracy struggling to emerge in Europe and leave behind the legacy of Balkan primitivism His Belgrade of the 1920s and 1930s is a city in development Paved streets are taking the place of mud and cobblestones, while men educated in Western universities are striving to replace the notional myths of the largely peasant population byrational ways of thinking.Always a realist, both by intellectual constitution and in his narrative designs, he never lost sight in his fictional world of the fact that these changes are difficult and his characters frequently bear the imprint of two worlds They are caught between the European future and the weight of the Balkan past, trying to balance them His works present the need to confront the truth of history and to build an honest patriotism which respects the patriotism of others He sees this vision destroyed by the arrival of the Communists in whose collectivist ideology there is no room for the kind of individual integrity on which his characters construct their goals.In the last few years he witnessed the re emergence of similar powers in his native country As he blamed the Communists for blocking the development of civil society, so he blamed the present Serbian nationalist forces for a return to a false ideal of a folksy culture.More than this, in his last novel, Ubistvo s predumisljajem Premeditated Murder , 1993 , he presents the irrationality of the present wars The narrative is set at the end of 1992 in Belgrade under sanctions, with student demonstrations against the government and its policies He juxtaposes these scenes with scenes from 1944 with which he sees unmistakable parallels The work closes on a battlefield in Croatia at the beginning of 1993 and the recovery of the corpse of a Serbian soldier from the Krajina region His meaningless death says it all.Selenic studied drama at the University of Belgrade, including a stint as a postgraduate student at Bristol University in the 1950s He was later appointed as a lecturer and then professor of his subject, posts which he combined with his literary activities He was politically active in the Depos organisation supporting the candidature of Milan Panic against the incumbent Slobodan Milosevic towards the end of 1992 Disappointed by the collapse of the opposition movement in Serbia, he refused to wallow in despondency, believing that there would be a better future for his country.Selenic s general outlook and his easy tolerance made him many enemies amongst nationalists at home and in Croatia It also made him many friends amongst like minded people His company was sought by diplomats and other foreigners arriving in Belgrade trying to understand the present Balkan situation.It is ironic that his early death from cancer came at the time when his literary reputation is about to spread The publishing house Harvill is planning the publication of his last novel in English translation for next year The author both as a human being and as a writer, in himself and in his fictions, offered a ray of hope otherwise absent in these evil times.David NorrisSlobodan Selenic, writer born 7 June 1933 died Belgrade 27 October 1995 By David Norris



10 thoughts on “Fathers and Forefathers

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    Update Two years after I read this one, happened to have a look at comments and I feel I was unfair with my rating I still have the plot in my mind and I could say it s not just a very good book It s a great book 4 stars seems not enough, 5 big starsI was introduced in Serbian literature through recommend


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    Jezik nije oveku dat samo da bi mogao tra iti papu e ili jo malo aja Jezikom ovek, svaki ponaosob, pokazuje du u, besmrtnu sa svoje jedinstvenosti sadr ane u na inu, vi e no u predmetu, govora.


  5. says:

    Vise je 4.Emotivno, jako, bolno, ali nije cista petica zbog nekoliko zamornih sekvenci o komunizmu i politicarima nakon drugog svetskog rata.


  6. says:

    Ceo prikaz je moj li ni utisak o ovom romanu Uzeo sam O eve i oce iz prostog razloga to se mnogima i stvarno ka em, mnogima u iji sud verujem ovaj roman svideo Me utim, ja ne mogu da ka em da je to bio slu aj sa mnom Svakako se sla em da je ovo jedno dobro napisano, kvalitetno i bitno tivo, a svi znaju da volim bitne teme o kojima bi tr


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    A snapshot of the life of two people in Belgrade during Yugoslavia s turbulent transition into communism Try as they might, they couldn t stem the tide of politics from engulfing their family, eventually leading to a heart rending, and tragic conclusion.It s very well written, but it s definitely not light bedtime reading If you have even a mod


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  9. says:

    Jedna od boljih, pejza nim jezikom do arana su tina onog to jesmo i emu te imo nekada i danas


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