All Foreigners Beep : Dubravka Ugrešić and the Unfixity of an Exile



Year of publication 2014
Type Appeared in Conference without Proceedings
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Description Dubravka Ugrešić is an author without a homeland. In her two most recent essay collections, Karaoke Culture (Engl. trans. 2011) and Europe in Sepia (Eng. trans. 2014), Ugrešić continued to write extensively about her exiled life in relation to the developments in the newly independent republics of her former homeland, Yugoslavia. Her brisk and sound analysis of the “Western” society in general and the post-breakup Croatian society in particular, and her underlying humour and humanism that often succeed utter despair at the current state of affairs are roadsigns no citizen of this globalised world should allow themselves to miss. I focus particularly on the unfixity of Ugrešić's identity as a writer in exile, initially of not belonging anywhere, but also of embracing this shifting position and eventually refusing to fit in even when offered a chance to do so, thus embracing exile as one’s painful, albeit sincere and truth-seeking identity.
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