Volume 19 No. 3 (2024): July

- Amela Mustafić, two poems

  “Poetry is always relevant, but people don’t realise it. I see poetry in everything I look at. Poetry is manifested in all people. People recognise themselves only when they see their reflection in different eyes. See yourselves in the eyes of a homeless person and you will be writing a poem about humankind,” said Amela Mustafić in an interview.  []

- Mrs. Isak

  Born as wheat was sown,  registered as it was reaped and Mehmed loaded his horses to sell a few sacks in town. They told her she needed just a few letters to sign her name and that schooling was: make bread, knit socks, marry off a chaste daughter and bring up good sons. She married Isak and lost her  []

- A Male Child

  They had a happy life and a daughter with his eyes and nose. They loved the scent of earth after the rain, the sound of the woods, in the autumn, when the wind takes the leaves on a deadly swirl, leaving blood-red traces on the ground so that the pain renders a new flower in the spring. They had  []

- The UN Srebrenica Genocide Resolution Is a Beacon of Hope for the Human Right to Memorialization and Transitional Justice

  When word reached Serbia that a UN General Assembly Resolution would designate July 11 as the International Day of Reflection and Commemoration of the 1995 Srebrenica Genocide, Nemanja Stevanović,  Permanent Representative to the UN from the Republic of Serbia, wrote a letter to the UN Secretary General to warn against the “dangerous consequences” of such a Resolution. Serbia’s representative  []

- Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

  In front of the decorated tree at Clinton Square a group of protestors.  Not holding champagne but a banner: Ceasefire.  A worthy motif for a greeting card.    Beyond the tree  on the back page of our imagined card,  People skate and make merry,  though Christmas in Bethlehem is called off.    The lights of our colorful ornaments cannot  []

- The Many Secretive Voices of Bosnia: An Appraisal of Derviš Sušić’s novel Spies

  There are few contemporary novels that appear to embody in such a convincing way the distinctively syncretic cultural and historical peculiarities of Bosnian identity – or, to quote Muhamed Filipović’s 1967 seminal essay, the “spirit of Bosnia” – such as Spies (Uhode, 1972) by author Derviš Sušić (1925-1990); significantly, the writer’s son Muhamed Sušić aptly described it in a  []

- Meša Selimović’s Novel “The Fortress” as an Emblematic Representation of Yugoslav Socialist Modernism

  Introduction Drawing upon my dissertation research on the subversive tactics of Yugoslav literature in the period of late socialism, I will analyze the poetics of Meša Selimović’s renowned novel “The Fortress,” published in 1970.  Before delving into this research, my studies focused on Russian and English literature, and I did not have an insightful knowledge of the topic. My  []

- A New Book by Rusmir Mahmutćehajić: Genocidal Anti-Bosnianism

  “Dobra Knjiga” Publishers are pleased to announce the forthcoming publication of Rusmir Mahmutćehajić’s new book, Genocidal Anti-Bosnianism, the culmination of many years of research by the author into the ideology of genocidal anti-Bosnianism, an inadequately recognised aspect of the ongoing crime of genocide. For a crime of genocide to take place, four things are needed: a genocidal ideology, a  []