Wednesday, May 10, 2006

I am reading "Sarajevo Blues" by Semezdin Mehmedinovic. I can't recommend this book highly enough. A collection of poems, short prose pieces, and brief essays about the war in Sarajevo, the book was originally published in Zagreb in 1995, and has been translated into English. It is a marvel--wry rather than bombastic, Mehmedinovic focuses on small, intense moments of clarity derived from clear-eyed observation. I highly recommend it.

4 comments:

Owen said...

Who's the publisher of the English translation?

Kirk Johnson said...

It is published by City Lights, and is available from Amazon, Alibris, and I presume other vendors as well.

Thanks for asking, I completely forgot to mention it!

Yakima_Gulag said...

City Lights! is that Ferlenghetti's outfit?

Kirk Johnson said...

As far as I know, yakima, that's right. The same one.