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Archipelago Yugoslavia

FROM 1991 TO TODAY

The Leipzig Book Fair 2021 is cancelled, „Common Ground. Literature from Southeast Europe“ goes digital!

This year’s programme will be presented online!

In our digital programme we will present authors and artists through discussions, book presentations, animated films, documentaries and a host of other formats – all accessible online!

1991 saw the breakup of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. The collapse formed an entire generation of writers – forever marked by what they lived through. Exactly 30 years after the breakup, Common Ground puts the Archipelago Yugoslavia – From 1991 to Today centre stage, presenting new books, background stories, and unexpected twists of fate. In addition, another important event is in focus this year: 2021 also marks the 30th anniversary of the end of the Hoxha regime in Albania.

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Archipelago Yugoslavia Essays

Thursday, 27 May 2021

  • WE ARE READING AND DISCOVERING

FRIDAY, 28 May 2021

  • THE FULL PROGRAMME IS COMING TOGETHER BIT BY BIT

SATURDAY, 29 MAY 2021

  • PATIENCE!

SUNDAY, 30 MAY 2021

  • WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO PRESENTING OUR EVENTS!

Archipelago Yugoslavia
From 1991 to Today

Hana StojićCommon Ground Programme Curator

What to make of the end of the world? How does one keep on living after the apocalypse? Does time really heal all wounds? What to do with one’s own (and others’) nostalgia? And where do the countries of the former Yugoslavia find themselves today? Are these post-Yugoslav societies ready to face their past? And did not just Yugoslavia vanish from the face of the Earth but also the idea of Yugoslavism itself? Where the foundations of this state plain bad? Or did it really only need one wrong man at the top to take down the whole crumbling house? (What) can Europe learn from Yugoslavia’s mistakes?

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Essays

15 authors from Southeast Europe have written insightful essays on their personal experience of the breakup of Yugoslavia 30 years ago. Six of these essays as well as an introductory article by FAZ editor Tilman Spreckelsen have now been published on faz.net.

The essays, available in German, are Drohnenflug by Darko Cvijetić, Brüderlichkeit und Einigkeit by Rumena Bužarovska, Das steinerne Floß by Drago Jančar, Das leichte Leben by Blerina Rogova Gaxha, Leben am Tatort by Tomislav Marković as well as Von der Namenlosigkeit by Goran Vojnović.

From 30th March to the end of May we will each week publish a new essay from this series on our German Archipelago Yugoslavia page.

Archipelago Yugoslavia
From 1991 to Today

Hana StojićCommon Ground Programme Curator

Credits: Ekko von Schwichow

What to make of the end of the world? How does one keep on living after the apocalypse? Does time really heal all wounds? What to do with one’s own (and others’) nostalgia? And where do the countries of the former Yugoslavia find themselves today? Are these post-Yugoslav societies ready to face their past? And did not just Yugoslavia vanish from the face of the Earth but also the idea of Yugoslavism itself? Where the foundations of this state plain bad? Or did it really only need one wrong man at the top to take down the whole crumbling house? (What) can Europe learn from Yugoslavia’s mistakes?

Yugoslavia no longer exists. Since 30 years. The multinational state was dilapidated and in dire need of repair, but chances to democratically reform it were missed. Crimes, flight, expulsion, concentration camps and genocide were the consequence.

However, the countries that were once joined in brotherly union – only to separate in violence, share a cultural shared space. It is this shared space that the Traduki network – 360 months after the end of Yugoslavia – dedicates its Archipelago Yugoslavia programme to. Many of the erstwhile warring and sparring ex-Yugoslav countries work today side by side together with Traduki. They meet as equal partners and have accepted the challenge of the “Common Ground”. This is not something that should be taken for granted.

Common Ground goes digital: Because of the pandemic our programme must find its own wee space on the world wide web, our booth at the Leipzig Book Fair remaining yet another year unoccupied. But this is no obstacle for us. Together with our partner, the Leipzig Book Fair, and a slew of authors and participants from Southeast Europe, we have created our own digital world where to present our diverse, ambitious, and even controversial programme. Traduki already offers a myriad of inviting digital series online. Now, with Common Ground 2021, we dive even deeper into the world of hashtags and followers.

The Archipelago Yugoslavia programme is diverse and manifold. First, there are the 15 essays, penned by Southeast European writers from different generations and walks of life, where they tell their very own personal stories of the last 10950 days. Some of them witnessed the breakup of Yugoslavia as children, others as soldiers, others as refugees, yet others as émigrés. We are honoured that Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung published six of these essays, all of them will be made available to read here in the coming weeks.

In addition to these essays, 10 digital events are the main focus of our programme, including talks on current events that impact Southeast Europe as well as Europe at large: Memories, assessments, but also a look into the future and the continued exploration of this geographical and cultural space in its  European context.

Presentations of new releases from Southeast Europe in German translation also form part of our programme, especially books by the younger generation. But, alas, not everything that would be interesting for the German-speaking audience is already available in translation, which is why we also have presentations on books that have yet to find their place on the German book market.

The year 1991 did not just bring about changes in the southeast corner of Europe. 262800 hours have also passed since the Soviet Union took its final bow and the communist Enver regime in Albania folded. These key events have also found their way into our programme.

The Balkan Film Week is by now an integral part of our Leipzig programme and so we will present a well-curated film selection that opens up new views on Southeast Europe – for our audience in Leipzig as well as online.

Come with us to the Archipelago Yugoslavia, ponder over the past 1.576.800 minutes, but also dare to look into the future with us. It will hopefully make certain things imaginable again, things that seemed utterly impossible these last 946.080.000 seconds.

 

Common Ground 2020-2022

The full programme of past Traduki events at the Leipzig Book Fair 2020 can be viewed here:

Origin and Belonging 2020