Danilo Kiš famously observed that the western bracketing of Balkan literature as narrowly ‘political’ rested on a set of mutually reinforcing stereotypes. Today, following Kiš, Balkan novelists are challenging received wisdom and integrating the political and the poetic in surprising new ways, writes Katarina Luketić.
Writer, literary critic, literary theorist and editor. Author of Balkan: From Geography to Fantasy (2013), the first Croatian study of ‘Balkanism’. Currently working on a new book, entitled: Facing Literary History: Nationalism in the Literature and Culture in Croatia from mid-1980 to mid-1990. Co-founder and editor in chief of Zarez, the independent cultural newspaper. Co-founder and editor of Pelago, a small independent publishing house specializing in literature, cultural theory, cultural history and contemporary literature.