Nobody's Home by Dubravka Ugresic

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Every day and age has its rules. Currently, good behavior dictates that we be politically correct, evade conflicts, espouse tolerance, and make no hasty judgments. To be judgmental is viewed as one of the most reprehensible human traits. People are likely to think today that an optimist is a good person, while a pessimist is the lowest of the low. Picking your nose in public is more forgivable then being pessimistic. [. . .] We live in a time that urges us to behave as if we are in paradise. Yet the world we live in is no paradise. This book breaks the rules of good behavior, because it bickers. This series of thought-provoking and incisive essays from Dubravka Ugresic explores the full spectrum of human existence. From life in exile to life in prison, from bottled-water drinking tourists with massive backpacks to the Eurovision song contest, Ugresic's unfailingly sharp critical eye never fails to reveal what has been hidden in plain sight by routine, or uncover the tragic, and the comic, in the everyday.
 

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An acclaimed novelist and essayist, Dubravka Ugresic is An acclaimed novelist and essayist, Dubravka Ugresic is An acclaimed novelist and essayist, Dubravka Ugresic is a native of the former Yugoslavia who left her homeland in 1a native of the former Yugoslavia who left her homeland in 1a native of the former Yugoslavia who left her homeland in 1993 for political reasons. She now lives in Amsterdam. 993 for political reasons. She now lives in Amsterdam. 993 for political reasons. She now lives in Amsterdam. David Williams heads the four- and five-year-old division of the summer soccer camps sponsored by Fort Lewis College, in Durango, Colorado.Scott Graham is an author, journalist, father, and coach of young soccer players. Ellen Elias-Bursac teaches in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literature at Harvard University and is co-chairman of the Southeast European Study Group at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies. Celia Hawkesworth is a freelance writer and translator. A regular visitor to Zagreb since 1955, she taught Serbian and Croatian language and literature at the University of London for many years.
 
Published January 1, 2007 by Telegram Books. 200 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Croatian novelist/essayist Ugresic (The Ministry of Pain, 2006, etc.), now a resident of Amsterdam, offers discerning, sometimes grumpy commentary on a rapidly changing Europe—and a rapidly changing world.

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