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But in the deepest sense, Ugresic has set out to uncover cultural voids in domains that range from official European cultural policy organized in Brussels based on the fantasy of a single—centered—European identity to art-appreciation in its wildest manifestations on the Internet.

For her, fan fiction is the worst of all karaokd. The answer seems to be that Ugresic resigned from a university and a country that, in its breakup, lost its relatively sophisticated, multi-ethnic core of values:.

So take my review with a grain dubrafka salt, uggesic the understanding that I am deeply invested in this text and know it quite well. In ‘A Question of Perspective’ she also provides a detailed account of the ugly episode and its lingering aftereffects in Croatia in which she and other intellectuals — specifically other women — were denounced and hounded in a bizarre media frenzy.

This book has me falling off my bed laughing. Aurel Vukpalaj rated it it was amazing Oct 10, Aug 15, Laura rated it it was amazing Shelves: For the author herself it seems obvious why, as it was before that happened – but what about to all those people who supported the various nationalists in the war?


Dubravka Ugresic’s “Karaoke Culture” – Words Without Borders

Lists with This Book. Tijana Spasic rated it really liked it Sep 16, Overall a bit disappointed considering how much I was excited to dive into Ugresic’s oeuvre, but we’ll see how it compares to her fictional work. The 22 essays in Karaoke Culture read fast—several are only two or three pages—but the collection rewards rumination. It drew all the visitors away from a genuine nearby historic village and its inhabitants who made a living selling folk crafts to tourists.

Interesting, entertaining, and more readable than some other collections of her essays. Oct 06, Jamie Ross rated it it was amazing. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I am the publisher of the book and thus spent approximately two years reading and editing and working on it.

Karaoke Culture is often hilarious, yet also a profound commentary on how much modern conveniences have twisted the world so rapidly in recent years.

A lot of the ideas dubrwvka here could be found in any mediocre NYT opinion piece by a conservative columnist, except those would have far less panache. Similarly, ‘A Question of Perspective’ also deserves room of its own. On the central topic, there isn’t anything new here – and I’m not sure there would have been in either.


God, how I love this womain! Aug 15, Zoe Elizabeth rated it liked it Recommends it for: She is exactly the kind of person I would love to share a dzezva with, talking with extreme animation and civilly jibing each other.

Karaoke Culture

I also found that as an American reader I couldn’t relate to, or didn’t know enough about some of the items or situations which were addressed in some of the essays, and that it was sometimes hard to keep my focus on the page.

Creating needle point rugs that show scenes from porn movies is not art, but just loss of any kind of objective standards. She teaches occasionally at American and European universities. Over and over again she encounters the paradoxes of the west, for example, describing the lives of Filipino maids serving western families in Hong Kong and living in puny little closets.

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Orthofer28 September Her greatest vitriol, though, is for the inhabitants of the former eastern block.