The Museum of Unconditional Surrender by Dubravka Ugresic

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Through an interweaving of fragments, stories and diaries, Dubravka Ugresic, a prize-winning novelist from the former Yugoslavia, brings to life the world of a group of characters living in Berlin and Lisbon, preoccupied with questions of exile, nationalism, angels and parables.
 

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An acclaimed novelist and essayist, Dubravka Ugresic is a native of the former Yugoslavia who left her homeland in 1993 for political reasons. She now lives in Amsterdam.
 
Published January 1, 1998 by Phoenix House. 248 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Fiction

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The book is divided into seven parts, four taking place in present-day Berlin, the unnamed Yugoslavian narrator's place of ""temporary exile."" The Berlin pieces consist of numbered sections, some only a few lines or a paragraph, which convey city facts (""Under the grassy surface of the hill pul...

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Ugresic has designed this fragmented narrative of war-ravaged contemporary Eastern Europe carefully, so that her portrait of the stalwart but traumatized citizens, offered as a series of closeups,

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She quotes from her mother's diary, includes a newspaper article listing the contents found in the stomach of a walrus who died in the Berlin zoo in 1961, and describes an encounter which she and her girlfriends had with an angel named Andrew, as well as employing more conventional, straightforwa...

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