BOOK PROMOTION

VISCONTI: INSIGHTS INTO FLESH AND BLOOD - Aleksandar Garsija Ditman
Saturday, 6th of November at 6 pm

Sprat bar, Cetinjska 15
Participants: Petar Milat (philosopher and program coordinator of the Multimedia Institute) and Miroljub Stojanović (Film center of Serbia)

Alexander García Düttmann begins his study of Luchino Visconti with the hypothesis that the Italian director’s films seem to depict one of Adorno’s thoughts –  it is the possibility itself that prevents utopia, rather than what is directly given and what surrounds us.

In five chapters, Düttmann develops his initial hypothesis, striving to show the extent to which Visconti’s works produce insights that are no longer the results of intellectual activity but are simply insights into flesh and blood. Düttmann cared, no matter how strange it seemed, to show with his own philosophical-aesthetic reflection the extent to which Visconti’s visual material eluded philosophical and other modes of theorizing, and built a new and different kind of immediacy.

The book had its world premiere in 2005 in Croatian, and it was published in German and English respectively.

AUTHOR's bio

Alexander García Düttmann (1961) is a professor at the University of the Arts in Berlin (UdK). Undoubtedly, he is one of the most intriguing theorists of his generation, always mediating between different environments and languages, philosophical disciplines, and traditions. Between critical theory and deconstruction, between aesthetics and political theory, Düttmann develops equally subtle and radical thinking, comparable in relevance to Giorgio Agamben or Jean-Luc Nancy.


RADNJA MEŠOVITE ROBE, Branko Vučićević
Saturday, 6th of November at 7 p.m.

Sprat bar, Cetinjska 15
Participants: Miroljub Stojanović (Film Center Serbia), Dušan Otašević and Branislav Dimitrijević

The fourth volume of the complete works of Branko Vučićević, RADNJA MEŠOVITE ROBE, thematically the most diverse of all published so far, shows us the full breadth of Vučićević’s interests and his particular erudition comes to the fore. The themes include issues dedicated to the international non-movement FLUXUS, texts on photography, collage and literature, as well as commentary on current cultural and daily events.

We can also admire Vučićević’s polemical fervor as well as his political activism during the period from 1968 to the beginning of the 1990s.

Many of these texts have anthological value today, some have played an anticipatory role in understanding certain cultural phenomena, personalities and creators, and several conversations in the book additionally provide the optics necessary for understanding Vučićević’s authenticity (conversations with Predrag Brebanović, Snežana Ristić, Radonja Leposavić …).
This book plays an essential role in the repositioning of Branko Vučićević within the intellectual milieu of Yugoslavia and Serbia.

AUTHOR's bio

Branko Vučićević

WOMAN FROM THE SECOND FLOOR, JURICA PAVLIČIĆ
Monday, November 8th, 18h

Book store Delfi SKC
Participants: Jurica Pavičić (author), Dragan Velikić (writer), Branko Rosić (journalist and writer), Tanja Vučković (moderator)

In 2015, Pavičić published the novel Woman From the Second Floor. Set in the writer’s hometown Split, a novel tells a story of a young woman who poisoned her mother-in-law. Through that story, the writer explores the mechanisms of the Mediterranean patriarchal family.

The book Women from the Second Floor presents the anatomy of a tragedy in which so-called ordinary people become actors in a black chronicle. This tense psychological thriller not only sheds light on how the crime was committed but also why. In search of an answer, the writer goes deep under the skin of his heroine and investigates the circumstances and small changes that lead to the murder. As an excellent chronicler and critic of social reality, Pavičić deals with the changes in the transitional society, the impact of these changes on the family microcosm, and idyllic images of the Mediterranean, which he compares to the image of a harsh environment that easily rejects and is difficult to forgive.

AUTHOR's bio

Jurica Pavičić (1965, Split)is a Croatian novelist, screenwriter, short story writer, and journalist. Author of eight novels and two short story collections, he gained a literary reputation with his unorthodox thrillers and crime novels which mix social analysis with deep insights into morally complex situations and human destinies. His novels won several Croatian literary awards. A crime novel Red Water (published in Croatian in 2017) won Le Points award and Grand prix de la literature policiere for the best European crime novel in 2021. His fiction books are translated into French, German, Italian, Macedonian, and published in Serbia.

Pavičić is also renown as a journalist. He works as a film critic, and he published several volumes of books on film criticism. In Croatia, he is famous for his weekly column Vijesti iz Liliputa (News From Lilliput). From the year 2000 and on, he publishes that column every Saturday in his home newspaper, Jutarnji list from Zagreb. Pavičić has won many awards for his journalist work.

Critics often compare Pavičić’s short stories with Alice Munro and Raymond Carver. Prominent Serbian novelist Dragan Velikić described Pavičić as „Ivo Andrić of Dalmatia“.

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