Sarajevske Sveske br. 39-40

The latest issue of Sarajevske sveske is dedicated to re-examining various ideological mechanisms, from literature to film, which have produced, reproduced – and are still reproducing – the dominant notions of “Balkan masculinity”, just as it is to pondering a modus through which various forms of alternative identities fighting the domination of the patriarchal pattern would find their way into contemporary art.

Thus Nebojša Jovanović (Bosanski psiho: Kuduz, rat spolova i kraj socijalizma – Bosnian Psycho: Kuduz, War of Genders and The End of Socialism) and Marija Grujić (Beli rendžer na čelu Dragojevićeve Parade – White Ranger at the Helm of Dragojević’s Parada) write about the movies that have suggestively promoted the conservative notion of masculinity as a central cultural value. Milan Miljković, in his article Muška poezija (Male Poetry), in the cultural section of the Politika daily 1989- 2001, offers a critical assessment of the ways in which the leading print media promoted nationalist poetry and of its evocation of the ancestors as fathers of the nation in the pre-war period, while Damir Arsenijević in Ljubav nakon genocida (Love after Genocide) writes about a poetry that, by its anti-patriarchal ethics, transcends conservative and ideological patterns. Mima Simić (Poderani maskuliniteti, celuloidne zakrpe: neke tendencije ženskog filmskog pisma u regiji - Torn masculinities, celluloid patches: some tendencies of female film handwriting in the region) classifies, analyzes and memorizes the leading movies made by the authors, both male and female, who were looking into ways to somehow frame the experiences of marginalized cultural groups in the context of male-centric culture of the region. In her work Nemoćni alfa mužjaci (Impotent Alpha-Males) Tatjana Greif analyzes the attitude of football fan groups in Slovenia, Croatia and Serbia towards homosexuals, as well as the attitude of the leading media, judiciary and football club officials and national football associations to the problem.

In this issue, Diary brings essays by Tvrtko Kulenović and Milica Nikolić. Milica Nikolić (Dnevnik čitanja – The Diary of Reading) writes about the Džepni Amsterdam (Pocket Amsterdam) by Daša Drndić, about the crimes of the 20th century, as well as about somewhat less horrible, but similar, potentials of the 21st century. Tvrtko Kulenović, literary essayistically and inspiringly, writes down his memories, memories of his literary and non-literary acquaintances, he writes about the maturity, oriental philosophies and the Mayan philosophy, about war, crimes, the dead, the living, about himself and about our, modern world.

In the Dialogue section, this issue brings an interview with Dževad Karahasan, one of the most significant Bosnian-Herzegovinian and European contemporary writers. The interview was conducted by literary critic Jasmina Ahmetagić. Karahasan answers numerous questions about his works, about the status of the writer today and here, and beyond, about the awards and his long literary career. Dialogue also brings an interview with the Serb writer Vladislav Bajac, conducted by Mladen Vesković, about the status of our and foreign publishers today, about journalism and literature and their functionality in the context of new technologies, as well as about a series of Bajac’s works. In this edition of Sveske the reader can also find Željko Ivanković’s interview with (Imati 85 godina....) Franjo Likar, one of the most significant Bosnian-Herzegovinian contemporary fine artists, as well as an interview in which poet Ferida Duraković answers questions posed by her fellow poet Adisa Bašić (“Pjesme treba pisati rijetko i nerado” – Poems sh0uld be written rarely and reluctantly).

In this issue Sveske gave a lot of space to the (In)visible, an anthology of Romany poetry, with an introductory note written by Dragoljub Acković. The anthology includes all significant poets from the region: Rajko Brajdić Šajnović, Jože Livijen, Jožek Horvat Muc, Romeo Horvat Popo, Mladenka Šarkenzi, Kasum Cana, Bajro Bajrić, Fari Ibraimovski, Rasim Sejdić, Šemso Avdić, Marko Aladin Sejdić, Hedina Tahirović-Sijeričić, Ljatif Mufaeleskoro Demir, Demirov Sabri, Neđo Osman, Ruždija Ruso Sejdović, Kujtum Pačaku, Mehmed Saćip, Alija Krasnići, Bajram Haliti, Gina Ranjičić, Slobodan Berberski, Rajko Đurić, Jovan Nikolić, Predrag Jovičić, Gordana Đurić, Desenak Ranđelović, Miroslav Mihajlović, Ištvan Farkaš, Miroslav Mihajlović, Trifun Dimić, Kadrija Šainović, Zoran Rašković, Baja Saitović-Lukin.
This issue of Sveske also presents poetry by Nikolaj Kančev, as well prose by Mihajlo Pantić, Vladislav Bajac, Alma Lazarevska, Orhan Pamuk, Emil Andreev, Ridvan Dibra, Anastasis Vistonitis, Zoran Ferić and Olivera Ćorveziroska.

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