The Museum of Unconditional Surrender

Critically acclaimed experimental, literary fiction by means of the well-known Croatian exile author.

The Museum of Unconditional Surrender―by the popular Yugoslavian author Dubravka Ugresic―begins within the Berlin Zoo, with the contents of Roland the Walrus's belly displayed beside his pool (Roland died in August, 1961). those objects―a cigarette lighter, lollipop sticks, a beer-bottle opener, etc.―like the fictitious items of the unconventional itself, are possible random initially, yet finally coalesce, meaningfully and poetically.

Written in numerous literary varieties, The Museum of Unconditional Surrender captures the shattered international of a lifestyles in exile. a few chapters re-create the day-by-day magazine of the narrator's lonely and alienated mom, who outlets on the improvised flea-markets on the town and longs for her kids; one other is a dream-like narrative within which a circle of ladies associates are visited by way of an angel. There are reflections and debts of the Holocaust and the Yugoslav Civil struggle; pics of eu artists; a recipe for Caraway Soup; a relocating tale of a romantic come upon the narrator has in Lisbon; descriptions of family members images; thoughts of the small city within which Ugresic used to be raised.

Addressing the subjects of paintings and heritage, getting older and loss, The Museum is a haunting and an incredibly unique novel. within the phrases of the days Literary complement, "it is vibrant in its denunciation of damaging forces and in its evocation of what's at stake."

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