Title: The Stone & The Violets: Short Stories
Publisher: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich
Publication Date: 1972
Book Condition: Very Good In Dustjacket
Edition: 1st Edition.
New York. 1972. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. 1st American Edition. Very Good In Dustjacket. Translated by Lovett F. Edwards. 238 pages. hardcover. Jacket design by Wendell Minor. 015185100x. keywords: Literature Translated Yugoslavia Eastern Europe. inventory # 14949. FROM THE PUBLISHER - A thread runs through this new collection of short stories by Milovan Djilas, tying together the lives of people who are separated by time and by circumstance. However disparate their roles, they are united by a fierce national identity. Survival is all. It is a dictum that Djilas, a skillful storyteller, shows in these thirteen varied tales of Montenegro. One of the characters says, ‘Life is merciless and abounding in dilemmas,’ The dilemma may arise out of war, as in ‘The Stone and the Violets,’ in which partisans are faced with the cruel choice of deciding who has first claim on loyalty—one’s kin or one’s revolutionary ideals, Or it may arise out of man’s struggle to wrest a living from the rocky, barren land of Montenegro, as in ‘Two Wolves’ and ‘The Doctor and the Eagle.’ The moral predicament becomes most acute when a man must at last confront his own conscience, as the idealistic narrator does in ‘The Brothers and the Girl’ All of the people in these stories—students, peasants, outlaws, heroic women—confront the dilemma of survival in ways that reveal their character, and their culture. Few contemporary writers bring to fiction the qualities of realism and subtlety that characterize the writing of Milovan Djilas. He writes in the tradition of Tolstoy—a tradition that brings together in storytelling both a strong feeling for people who live close to the earth and a fervent romantic and politically revolutionary vision. MILOVAN DJILAS was born in Montenegro in 1911. At the age of eighteen he went to Belgrade to the University and won early recognition for his poetry and short stories— and notoriety as a revolutionary. He joined the illegal Communist party in 1932 and was subsequently arrested and imprisoned for three years by the Royal government. Following the German occupation of Yugoslavia in 1941, Djilas became a Partisan leader and a general. He was, up to the time of his expulsion from the Communist Central Committee in January of 1954, one of the four chiefs of the Yugoslav government, at times a minister, head of the Parliament, and Vice-President. Disagreements between the Yugoslav party leadership and Djilas arose beginning in 1953, when he wrote articles critical of the bureaucracy. In 1956, when he refused to recant, he was sentenced to three years in prison. With the publication of THE NEW CLASS he was retried and his prison sentence extended another seven years. He was conditionally released from prison in January of 1961; and on the publication of CONVERSATIONS WITH STALIN was rearrested and returned to prison in May of 1962. In 1966 he was released and two years later made a brief trip to Great Britain and the United States. Still later, he and his wife were refused passports by the Yugoslav authorities, and so have remained in Belgrade. Their son, Aleksa, is a university student. Bookseller Inventory # 14949
Language Notes: Text: English, Serbo-Croation (translation)
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