My Family's Role in the World Revolution by Bora Cosic
and Other Prose (Writings from an Unbound Europe)

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Bora Cosic's My Family's Role in the World Revolution enjoyed a successful run as a play, but the film version was closed immediately and ultimately caused Cosic's publications to be for over four years.

During the German occupation of Belgrade, a family--including an alarmist mother, an eternally drunk father, two young aunts who swoon over American movie stars, and a playboy uncle--attempt to find any kind of work they can do at home. When the postwar Socialist society is being ushered in after the war, the narrator becomes the slogan-spouting ideological leader of the household, while his family tries--and often fails miserably--to take part in the "great change."

This volume also includes several Cosic short stories, and recent essays on the war in the former Yugoslavia.

About Bora Cosic

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Published September 10, 1997 by Northwestern University Press. 250 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History, Travel. Fiction

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And even though Proust's last, most savage satire on the Verdurins makes a clever starting point for this modern-day portrait of the artist during wartime--and a handy showcase for Cosic's francophone erudition (the allusions fly, from Gide to Sartre to Foucault to Paul de Man)--in the end his ea...

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