Bait by David Albahari
(Writings from an Unbound Europe)

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An elegant exploration of an exile's lives, both old and new.

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David Albahari was born in 1948 in the Serbian village of Pec. He is the founder and was for many years the editor-in-chief of Pismo, a magazine of world literature. He is also an accomplished translator of Anglo-American literature. His previous novels include, Words are Something Else (Northwestern University Press, 1996) and Tsing (Northwestern University Press, 1997).
Published June 20, 2001 by Northwestern University Press. 117 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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We learn that she has since died and the young man is a Serbian exile living in Canada, listening to the tapes and trying to make sense of the events that have shaped his life.

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Not a political man, Albahari is an ambivalent exile ("I hadn't wished to leave, as I hadn't wished to stay"), an ambivalent Jew (as he once said of his father: "if [he] weren't a Jew, [he] would have made a perfect Christian"), an ambivalent lover of his mother tongue (a language, Serbo-Croatian...

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