It has been a great year for new books from the space of my old country, and I've been excited to write about it for The Millions. The three books I've reviewed range from a literary journey of master novelist Dubravka Ugresic, to the family sagas of first-time authors Sofija Stefanovic and Tania Romanov.
Romanov's and Stefanovic's books are originally written in English, but Ugresic's is not. My summer trip to Belgrade was a good opportunity to purchase a local edition of Fox and revisit Ugresic's brilliant prose in the original language.
In Belgrade bookstores, it was also great to see a new edition of Goran Petrovic's Sitničarnica „Kod srećne ruke“, one of my favorite novels in contemporary Serbian literature. While the book hasn't been published in English yet (and I hope this changes soon), some excerpts have appeared in translation (e.g. in New England Review).
Goran Petrovic's new short story collection Unutrašnje dvorište is highly anticipated later this year. The title story is available in Serbian, via literary magazine Polja, and the English translation can be found in Best European Fiction 2018.