Pictures from Serbia : My Gypsy Neighbors

 
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Dr. Rajko Igic's free verse memoir relates tales from a rural childhood colored by war, nationalism and multicultural experiences. His authentic voice chronicles experiences most of us can never know, while his poems invite us into life in a small Serbian farming village. Daily life there seems simple and uncomplicated, but it thrives on the music, passions and imagination of neighboring Gypsies or Romano people. The war affects both groups, the Serbian farmers and the Gypsies, leaving a lasting mark on the land and on the culture. Dr. Igic s poems speak from the heart of one who has experienced the joys and the sorrows of those times.

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Rajko Igic (1937, Despotovo, Serbia) is a Senior Scientist at the J. H. Stroger Hospital of Cook County, Chicago, Illinois. He was formerly a professor and Head of the Department of Pharmacology at the Medical School, University of Tuzla from 1978 to 1992 and Director of the Department of Scientific, Technical, and Educational International Exchange for the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo from 1990 to 1992. After the start of the war in Bosnia, he stayed in Sombor and Novi Sad, Serbia, and in 1993, immigrated to the United States. As a student, Igic had written only a few poems in Serbo-Croatian language, but he continued to write poetry in English when he came to America (Eleven Poems and One Story, 2002; Come, Live in This World, 2006). Igic has authored numerous scientific papers, several textbooks for medical students and scientific writing. He also devised a new combined Cyrilic and Latin alphabet for the Serbo-Croatian language. He recently published a memoir The Destiny of Germans in St. Ivan and Other Writings (2003) and several biographical articles and essays. He is a member of the Academy of American Poets.

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