Trougao, Kvadrat

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Τitle: Trougao, Kvadrat

Writer: Goran Milašinović

Publishing House: Stubovi Kulture

Date of Publication: 2010

Rating: 5 stars

                                                                     *Greek Edition*

Title: Τρίγωνο, Τετράγωνο

Writer: Goran Milašinović   (μετ. Gaga Rosić)

Publishing House: Eκδόσεις Κονιδάρης

Date of Publication: October 2011

Rating: 5 stars

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A land within the hell pit of war, blood, hatred, lamentation, exhaustion. A land where similarities between nations are more evident than any differences and yet, the latter always seem to lead to mindless conflicts. A city, beautiful and harsh, a beehive surviving violence because what else is there for all of us? A Serbian psychiatrist who has left the White City for Athens, while the war of ‘92 is in full swing, and who tries to understand how can anyone continue living in such a world, how can anyone communicate with the people around him. His best friend, Banê the poet, is travelling in search of some meaning that cannot be found. Marina, the woman who occupies his thoughts, closes her eyes, stuck in the faded memories of the rock generation that has lost its footing. Lynn, an Irish doctor, believes she has the right to point the finger, comfortably naming perpetrators and victims without taking a look at the mirror. The strong bond between two cities, Athens and Beograd. A beautiful, moving novel with autobiographical elements by Goran Milašinović, one of the most celebrated Serbian writers.

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(Zindan Gate on Kalemegdan fortress in Belgrade, the capital of Serbia. It is located in Belgrade’s municipality of Stari Grad via. Wikipedia)

 

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Milašinović writes an ode to Beograd (or Belgrade for those who don’t know Serbian…), a city I often visit, a city that I love very much because of personal reasons. I could picture is so vividly through his descriptions, the vividness of his writing. The beautiful monuments, the churches, and the parks, the narrow streets of the old city, the spots where the wounds are still open, the night lights by the Sava river. There is something haunting in this beautiful capital, the feeling you get while you’re walking in its heart during the blue hour cannot be described by any adjective. So, the heart of our narrator is fully given to his birthplace but a small part of it is reserved for another capital, Athens. Athens with the cement neighborhoods and its summer heat, the strange terraces, and taverns, but above all, the Parthenon, standing as a lighthouse of peace and unity. However, peace within one’s self is non-existent for him, even in an environment of safety, appreciation, and friendship.

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(Knez Mihailova pedestrian road in Belgrade via Wikipedia)

 

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(The Avala Tower)

Our beautiful planet is a work of togetherness, we are all parts of an enormous community. In this book, we look at the Balkan region, a beautiful, fascinating, difficult neighborhood where similarities are so much more than any differences when we don’t allow the two Big Ones to meddle and turn everything to bloodshed. The younger generations understood this and now we finally live in (fragile, let us not be mistaken…) togetherness, peace, and creativity. The past should stay where it lays, dead and buried because more often than not, it can only do harm. Τrougao, Kvadrat is one of the strongest, most open, sincere novels you’ll ever read…

«Είχες συνηθίσει το Βελιγράδι σαν την αετοφωλια σου- έτσι ήταν κάποτε: βράχος. Τώρα όμως χάθηκε στη γη, παραδόθηκε στο ζόφο. Κουρνιασε ανάμεσα στα πεδία μάχης.»

 

 

 

 

7 Comments

  1. This sounds like a fantastic novel. So happy it meant s much to you.

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    1. It really did 🙂 Thank you so much, Marialyce!

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  2. janowrite says:

    Sounds intriguing – will look for it! Thanks for another fine review!

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  3. Never heard of this book but I’ll around look for it, sounds pretty interesting! 🙂 P.S. Next time you visit Belgrade I hope you’ll let me know so we can meet. 😊 Not to mention Novi Sad, where I can host you! ❤️

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    1. Thank you so much, Marina!! I will definitely let you know!!😍😍😍 This novel was one of the most powerful books I’ve read this year.

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