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Karaoke Culture [Dubravka Ugresic, David Williams, Ellen Elias-Bursac, Celia Hawkesworth] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Finalist for . Dubravka Ugrešić. Karaoke Culture. Translated from the Croatian and with an Afterword by David Williams. David Williams. Uploaded by. David Williams. —The Independent (UK) Over the past three decades, Dubravka Ugresic h. Karaoke Culture is full of candid, personal, and opinionated accounts of topics.

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Some of the shorter pieces are only loosely connected to the book’s main themes, but all but the most incidental are of some interest.

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

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Ne mogu se oteti dojmu da je ova knjiga vapaj ili nekakav izraz nostalgije za tzv.

And I don’t doubt that there are some gold-digging Filipinas in Hong Kong, but there must be a slightly dubrwvka compassionate uhresic of writing about them than what’s here.

The other essays in this book, also, skirt the line between populist insight and wilting retreat back into the musty halls of tradition. Felt very sympatico with much of the cultural critique of the propensity toward mimicry in the arts today — or what another writer I’ve read calls the “de-skilling” the arts.

Similarly, ‘A Question of Perspective’ also deserves room of its own. But that sideshow is a scripted and controlled and not at all the karaoke that she seems to want to talk about.

The participant becomes a facile representation of the artist, attempting to become the artist and, worst of all, surrendering to the celebrity culture that has spawned it. Ugeesic greatest vitriol, though, is for the inhabitants of the former eastern block.


In the tumultuous process of reconfiguration, there are creative figures, works, opuses that have been dropped, some forgotten, some abruptly jettisoned, others degraded, de-throned, yet others over-valued in terms of the cupture national ideology and interests. She has a point. Like what you read?

Karaoke Culture By Dubravka Ugresic – A Review

The Los Angeles Times. The thing was, I could only vaguely remember the film, and I already regretted such a clumsily chosen example. The act, though, is not transformativeit is submissive.

A professor, novelist and a essayist, she became the subject of a Croatian media frenzy and witch hunt in the early s. The possibilities of transformation, teleportation, and metamorphosis hod for more promise than digging in the dirt of the self.

The rest of the book is filled with short little essays that detail her encounters with such a world. Oct 25, Robert Isenberg rated it liked it. Aug 15, Laura rated it it was amazing Shelves: Becca rated it liked it Nov 28, Anyway, I’m not much of a fiction writer and I’ve known that for most of my adult life: Some pieces are good, others just run on and on. 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.

Yugoslavia had come out of the war on the winning side, a victor, which was already in and of itself enough to help most citizens repair their self-image. While I agree with some of the points about the mainstreaming of “non-creation,” I part ways when she bemoans the karapke has a dubrafka voice.

Not only because I didn’t read Karaoke Culture in the order it’s printed. Maybe The Shallows next?


She often sees them as trashy fools who have traded the enforced worship of the state idols, for the unthinking idol worship of all the worst of consumer culture. It is a hard criticism, but Ugresic has little patience for us off key singers.

We need people who can stand above and aside from all that. Karaoke Culture is a rarity: Not only has someone finally said itsomeone with the audience and the credentials, but via a character who’s calm and wise about exactly the same things that at times make me angry, which helps in a whole lot of ways.

The one about the journalist, you know, foreign newspapers stop arriving at his office, and then one thing leads to another, and he loses his job, his wife, everything. Practically each of these pieces is worth reading, but it’s a bit unwieldy as a collection. You live in Ams Brilliant and hilarious, yes. She was a co-editor of the international scholarly project Pojmovnik ruske avangarde, A Glossary of the Russian Avangarde for many years.

The palanka experiences itself as castoff, forgotten, time left out of historical time, and then it bemoans its bitter fate, while at the same time turning this accursed destiny into its privilege. 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.

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