Reading List

Below are a selection of texts I have found either useful in my research or exciting and stimulating for an introduction into the literature(s) of memory, violence and the former Yugoslavia.

Local Authors on Life during and after Yugoslavia

As Long as Sarajevo Exists – Kemal Kurspahić
Sarajevo, Exodus of a City – Dževad Karahasan
Sarajevo Blues – Semezdin Mehmedinović
The Book of My Lives – Aleksandar Hemon
Voices from Vukovar – Siniša Glavašević
They Would Never Hurt a Fly: War Criminals on Trial in The Hague – Slavenka Drakulić
Balkan Express: Fragments from the Other Side of War – Slavenka Drakulić
How We Survived Communism and Even Laughed – Slavenka Drakulić
Café Europa: Life after Communism – Slavenka Drakulić
Have a Nice Day: From the Balkan War to the American Dream – Dubravka Ugrešić
The Ministry of Pain – Dubravka Ugrešić
Chernobyl Strawberries: A Memoir – Vesna Goldsworthy
The Museum of Unconditional Surrender – Dubravka Ugrešić
A Guided Tour through the Museum of Communism – Slavenka Drakulić

(Post-)Yugoslav Fiction

How the Soldier Repairs the Gramophone – Saša Stanišić
S.: A Novel about the Balkans – Slavenka Drakulić
The Death of the Little Match Girl – Zoran Ferić
A Castle in Romagna – Igor Štiks
Baba Yaga Laid an Egg – Dubravka Ugrešić
The Other Venice: Looking at Venice from the Croatian Side of the Adriatic – Predrag Matvejević
My Cat Yugoslavia – Pajtim Statovci
Thank You for Not Reading – Dubravka Ugrešić
A Guided Tour Through the Museum of Communism – Slavenka Drakulić
Death and the Dervish – Meša Selimović
Quiet Flows the Una – Faruk Šehić
Farewell, Cowboy – Olja Savičević Ivančević

Outside Perspective on Southeastern Europe

Logavina Street: Life and Death in a Sarajevo Neighborhood – Barbara Dernick
Bosnia Remade: Ethnic Cleansing and Its Reversal – Gerard Toal and Carl T. Dahlman
The Serbs: History, Myth and the Destruction of Yugoslavia – Tim Judah
The Yugoslav Wars of the 1990s – Catherine Baker
Bosnia: A Short History – Noel Malcolm
Kosovo: A Short History – Noel Malcolm

Violence and Unrest

Versuche über den Unfrieden – Hans Magnus Enzensberger
Doing Democracy: The MAP Model of Social Movements – Bill Moyer
Violence: A Modern Obsession – Richard Bessel

Memory, History and Identity

The Uses and Abuses of History – Margaret MacMillan
Identity and Security in Former Yugoslavia – Zlatko Isaković
Serbian Spaces of Identity: Narratives of Belonging by the Last “Yugo” Generation – Zala Volcic
How Societies Remember – Paul Connerton
The Memory Phenomenon in Contemporary Historical Writing: How the Interest in Memory Has Influences Our Understanding of History – Patrick H. Hutton
Against Remembrance – David Rieff
Hijacked Justice: Dealing with the Past in the Balkans – Jelena Subotić
Violence as a Generative Force: Identity, Nationalism, and Memory in a Balkan Community – Max Bergholz
Nationalism, Myth and the State in Russia and Serbia: Antecedents of the Dissolution of the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia – Veljko Vujačić

Suggestions for more literature are welcome – tweet me at @TMcConnell_.