Miss Ex-Yugoslavia

Miss Ex-Yugoslavia

A Memoir

Book - 2018
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"Sofija Stefanovic makes the first of many awkward entrances in 1982, when she is born in Belgrade, the capital of socialist Yugoslavia. The circumstances of her birth (a blackout, gasoline shortages, bickering parents) don't exactly get her off to a running start. While around her, ethnic tensions are stoked by totalitarian leaders with violent agendas, Stefanovic's early life is filled with Yugo rock, inadvisable crushes, and the quirky ups and downs of life in a socialist state. As the political situation grows more dire, the Stefanovics travel back and forth between faraway, peaceful Australia, where they can't seem to fit in, and their turbulent homeland, which they can't seem to shake. Meanwhile, Yugoslavia collapses into the bloodiest European conflict in recent history. Featuring warlords and beauty queens, tiger cubs and Baby-Sitters Clubs, Sofija Stefanovic's memoir is a window to a complicated culture that she both cherishes and resents. Revealing war and immigration from the crucial viewpoint of women and children, Stefanovic chronicles her own coming-of-age, both as a woman and as an artist who yearns to take control of her own story. Refreshingly candid, poignant, and illuminating, Miss Ex-Yugoslavia introduces a vital new voice to the immigrant narrative"--
Publisher: New York :, Atria Books,, 2018
Edition: First Atria Books hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781501165740
Branch Call Number: ANF 949.7024 STE
Characteristics: 257 pages : maps ; 24 cm

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ulana2001
Jul 26, 2018

I really enjoyed this memoir. The story of this young Yugoslavian woman growing up partly as a young child in Belgrade before the war. Later, as things become more dire in Yugoslavia her family moves to Melbourne, Australia and she writes of those experiences there along with the Yugo diaspora there. Fascinating.

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