The very beginning of this double issue refers to one of the most important researchers and essayists of the contemporary Croatian literature, so much knowledgeable about literature and literary critics, who has recently passed away.
Literary and Cultural Journal
Pula, Croatia, No. 1-2/2010
The very beginning of this double issue refers to one of the most important researchers and essayists of the contemporary Croatian literature, so much knowledgeable about literature and literary critics, who has recently passed away. This is a reminder of Branimir Donat.
The first section contains the most recent writings – in prose and poetry – by modern Croatian authors, belonging to different poetics and generations; some of them are already acknowledged writers and some of them are promising authors at the beginning of their careers.
The new translations from other literatures present Arvo Mets (born in Tallinn, Estonia), one of the most representative poets and theoreticians of the Russian free verse in the second half of 20th century. This is the first time that his poetry has been presented in Croatian.
Besides, for the first time we have presented in Croatian several short stories written by significant Italian authors from the last century – Giuseppe Berto and Giorgio Caproni, ‘The Two Italian Voices’.
Although not so comprehensive, ‘the monograph unit’ includes some essays and reviews on the opus signed by Zvonimir Majdak, one of the most prolific and popular living Croatian writers.
In regard to the section comprising essays and studies, we should particularly mention texts about one of the most translated and famous Croatian novelists, Nedjeljko Fabrio, whose opus has presented Rijeka – the place he is so attached to in his life and work – as a Mediterranean and Central European city. It also contains a text about Roberto Ampuero, one of the most read contemporary Chilean writers.
The native region topics cover a longish essay on works by Stjepan Vukušić, writer and scientist from Pula, as well as short pieces in prose about the broken destinies of people living along the borderline, caused by wars, exoduses, departures… from their own land with no possible return. Not for good.
The music time machine section presents a comprehensive text about the biggest rock group of all times, Led Zeppelin, with reference to their fourth ‘no name’ album, its songs and lyrics, with a special emphasis on the mythic, esoteric, and (oc)cult in the four great musicians.
The reviews consider some recent editions covering poetry, prose, essays and travel writings.
Renata Šamo, Pula
Biserka Težački Kekić, Kneginjec Gornji
Dr. Stjepan Vukušić, Pula
Ksenija Herceg Ribić, Varaždin
Franjo Nagulov, Vinkovci
Marko Pavlovski, Zagreb
Ivan Babić, Zagreb
Ljerka Car Matutinović, Zagreb
Dr. Branimir Bošnjak, Zagreb
Zdravko Gavran, Zagreb
Dr. Cvjetko Milanja, Zagreb
Dr. Antun Pavešković, Zagreb
Mr. Božidar Petrač, Zagreb
Dr. Irvin Lukežić, Rijeka
Željka Lovrenčić, Zagreb
Julienne Eden Bušić, Zadar/Zagreb
Mr. Vanesa Begić, Pula
Gabriella Chmet, Trst
Lorena Kmet, Buje
Tanja Bakić, Podgorica
Dr. Jelena Lužina, Skopje
Darija Žilić, Zagreb
Božidar Alajbegović, Rijeka
Robert Posavec, Varaždinske Toplice
Dr. Renata Šamo, Pula/Zagreb