She stands a good chance of catching up with Mir Jam
Slavenka Drakulic's article is sickly sweet, sentimental, nauseating talk coloured by propaganda. She obviously listens to one side only.
The publication of Slavenka Drakulic's Eurozine essay "Why I have not returned to Belgrade" in the Serbian newspaper Politika has triggered a controversy on Serbia's responsibility for the wars in the former Yugoslavia. Read the debate in Eurozine.
Mir Jam wrote tear-jerking stories between the two world wars. Slavenka Drakulic writes tear jerking, politically coloured articles, and is not without talent.
If she dumps the politics, she would stand a good chance of catching up with Mir Jam. And she should write "in our language". The Serbs are a dignified and creative nation, proud of their history.
Like in other nations, there are black sheep among Serbs. Slavenka should look for diligent and creative people so that she can learn the truth.
Mirko Kovac, Boba Matic, Miro Glavurtic left Belgrade long ago. They live, just like she, in Croatia. No one condemns them, but the best works they ever made were made in Belgrade.
Slavenka Drakulic shouldn't go to Belgrade. She should stay where she is. Afterall, what is there in Belgrade for her?
Original in Serbian
Translation by Alma Memic-Avdic
First published in Politika 28.03.2009 (Serbian version)
© Ljuba Popovic