Shoreless Bridges

South East European Writing in Diaspora


Exiles cross borders, become non-mainstream individuals and break through barriers of thought and experience. Forced or chosen detachment can lead to originality of vision, awareness of simultaneous dimensions – in short a writing that challenges boundaries of genre, monolingualism and national literatures.
The writers of the Balkan (Slavic) diaspora offer narratives of critical reflection, strange fusions and unions, representative of the new cultural identities of contemporary Europe.
This volume presents an interesting combination of original writer’s essays (by Tzveta Sofronieva, Goran Stefanovski, Dubravka Ugresic) and academic discussions on the function of such narratives, seeking answers to a number of academic questions, related to the construction of the Self in processes of cultural translation/transmission.

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Review Quotes

”Stimulating and informed, the eleven essays in this volume chart the beginnings of what could be a long discussion of literature that bears South East European origins.” in: Slavic and East European Journal 55.4 (Winter 2011)

Table of contents

Elka Agoston-Nikolova: Introduction: Shoreless Bridges
The Voice of the Writers
Goran Stefanovski: Chinese Whispers
Tzveta Sofronieva: Un-lost in Translation
Dubravka Ugrešić: Telemachus’s Dream
Academic Discussion
Raymond Detrez: The Temptation of National Identity: The Case of Grigor Părličev
Nikolaj Aretov: Bulgarian Émigrés and Their Literature: A Gaze from Home
Penka Angelova: The Other Road. On the Bulgarian Topos in the Work of Three Writers Awarded the Adelbert von Chamisso Prize
Chantal Wright: The Water under the Bridge: Tzveta Sofronieva’s Der alte Mann, das Meer, die Frau
Goce Smilevski: Goran Stefanovski – A Playwright in the Tower of Babel
Maja Bojadžievska: Fragments Between Desire and Nostalgia: A Macedonian Case
Ellen Elias-Bursać: Translating Dubravka Ugrešić and David Albahari
Dimitar Kambourov: Exile or Exodus: D. Ugrešić’s The Museum of Unconditional Surrender and Iliya Troyanov’s The World Is Big and Salvation Lurks around the Corner

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