Apricots from Chernobyl

Novakovich, Josip

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Synopsis: Apricots from Chernobyl is a collection of beautifully crafted narratives on life in the former Yugoslavia, and subsequently in America, by widely published author and essayist Josip Novakovich. Exploring topics that include emigration, definition of borders, societal diversity, and the decay of religion, Novakovich's narratives are approachable and engaging. Whether describing his feelings of apprehension upon approaching a boarder, or the difficulties encountered when writing in a second "tongue," Novakovich is fresh, wry, and consistently entertaining. Apricots from Chernobyl offers a candid portrayal of global existence, skillfully blending its sometimes brutal but often ironic and humorous realities.

From the Back Cover: "Leaving your motherland for the first time is a rite of passage, a sort of birth: You establish your being-on-your-own. Abroad you find a precise, concrete, artificial, alienated fantasy land in which the trains run punctually and without clanking, in which all the reality as you know it has been scrubbed away, the friction of matter is gone, and gloss shines and glares at you. You drift and slide like a child left on a hockey rink for the first time."--from Apricots from Chernobyl

Apricots from Chernobyl is a collection of beautifully crafted narratives on life in the former Yugoslavia, and subsequently in America, by widely published author and essayist Josip Novakovich. Exploring topics that include emigration, definition of borders, societal diversity, and the decay of religion, Novakovich's narratives are approachable and engaging. Whether describing his feelings of apprehension upon approaching a boarder, or the difficulties encountered when writing in a second "tongue," Novakovich is fresh, wry, and consistently entertaining. Apricots from Chernobyl offers a candid portrayal of global existence, skillfully blending its sometimes brutal but often ironic and humorous realities.

"It is the devoted accuracy of Apricots from Chernobyl that gives this book its nightmarish surreality. Calmly, almost diffidently, Josip Novakovich displays for us the wrenching despair that results from the dissolution of societies. These pages are powerful and important."--Fred Chappell

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Title: Apricots from Chernobyl
Publisher: Graywolf Press
Publication Date: 1995
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