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New Book Review: Živković’s Serbian Dreambook

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

Another year, another book review for the Oral History Review. This time, I was invited to review Marko Živković’s Serbian Dreambook: National Imaginary in the Time of Milošević. The latest contribution to the Indiana University Press series on “New Anthropologies of Europe,” Živković highlights the narratives of Serbian civilians – mostly educated elites – who “were as immersed in everyday life as anyone else in Serbia, but also, in their professional role, capable of detachment and the kind of reflection that is enabled by a more synoptic view of the situation” (p. 12). In doing so, he reveals a complex matrix of ethnonationalist mythologies – which he refers to as the Serbian imaginary – that were revised and reinvented by Serbian civilians in their efforts to come to terms with the lived experiences of political upheaval, war, and mass atrocities surrounding the disintegration of the former Yugoslavia.

For those who are interested, you can download the complete book review here.


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