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Shopping for a Better Country, by Josip Novakovich

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Shopping for a Better Country, by Josip Novakovich


Shopping for a Better Country, by Josip Novakovich


Publication Date: May 8, 2012
Paperback: 220 pages
ISBN: 978-1-936873-06-7
Trim: 8.4 x 5.4

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A collection of narrative essays on family, history, and travel from Croation American Josip Novakovich, a Whiting Writers' Award winner and recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. Having left his homeland of Yugoslavia, leaving behind kin and community, the author here captures significant portraits of what is lost, what is remembered, and what remains. Within those moments of fresh clarity of the past are the instances of repeated culture shock that never seem to lose their harsh edges.


"Insights here take into pointed regard the changes cultures of many European and U.S. cultures. The humor, anger, nostalgia, and wisdom of this first collection by Novakovich mark a splendid entry into U.S. multicultural literature. A necessary book for the shelves of every informed reader." —Colorado Review
"(Its) remarkable density is perhaps partly explained by Novakovich's circumspection in approaching the novel form." —Tibor Fischer, The Guardian
"Novakovich's language is always supple. Strange, lyrical beauty abounds here." —Maud Casey, New York Times Book Review