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Death in the Museum of Modern Art
Death in the Museum of Modern Art

Death in the Museum of Modern Art


126 Pages, 5 x 7.75

Trade Paper, $13.95 (US $13.95) (CA $18.95)

Publication Date: January 1900

ISBN 9781908236173

Rights: US, CA, SAM & CAR

Istros Books (Jan 1900)

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A tender and revealing set of stories by the uniquely talented Bosnian writer, Alma Lazarevska

Avoiding the easy traps of politics and blame, Lazarevska reveals a world full of incidents and worries so similar to our own, and yet always under the shadow of the snipers and the bombs that we know are out there and that occasionally impinge on the story in shocking ways. One of the finest works to have emerged from the tragedy that was the siege of Sarajevo, Death in the Museum of Modern Art received the "Best Book" award from the Society of Writers of Bosnia & Herzegovina upon its publication, and Lazarevska is considered by many to be the undiscovered genius of contemporary Bosnian literature.


"Nothing, not even history itself, prepares the reader for the paralysing beauty of the images that emerge from these stories written by a Bosnian survivor of the siege of Sarajevo." â€â€Irish Times, Best Books 2014

"Lazarevska's deceptively simple and spare style is perfectly suited to the un-showy, non-indignant gradual reveal of horrors. The translation by Celia Hawkesworth closely captures the delicate nuances of the original: nearly every sentence is imbued with double meaning, so much is left unsaid. There is a poetic silence between sentences, between trains of thought, mimicking perhaps the silence after mortar attacks. The stories will reward close reading or, better still, close re-reading. Death may be the first word in its title, but the book is really about the triumph of life." â€â€Necessary Fiction

Author Biography

Alma Lazarevska is a Bosnian prose writer. She is a graduate of the University of Sarajevo, a city which is the subject of her collection of essays, Sarajevo Solitaire, and is an important character in her novel The Sign of the Rose, inspired by the murder of Rosa Luxemburg. The lead story from Lazarevska's second collection, Plants are Something Else, was selected for the special Balkan edition of Wasafiri literary magazine. Celia Hawkesworth is an award winning translator and Slavic scholar. Among her many translations are The Museum of Unconditional Surrender, short-listed for the Weidenfeld Prize for Literary Translation, and The Culture of Lies, winner of the 1999 Heldt Prize for Translation.