Unfortunately, the current volume first brings the official objection to the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia because of its frequent refusal to grant our journal, Nova Istra.
Literary and Cultural Journal
Pula, Croatia, No. 1-2/2014
Unfortunately, the current volume first brings the official objection to the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia because of its frequent refusal to grant our journal, Nova Istra. According to evaluations of the cultural public, authors and reviewers, this is one of the best periodical publications on literary and cultural issues in the country. The editor-in-chief believes that the reason does not lie in its quality, but in criteria far from literature and culture. Since 2012, the Ministry has refused to sponsor the journal and its publisher with 2/3 of the funds, providing no explanation. At the same time, the most responsible people in the Ministry have largely supported titles and individuals who are close to them, without paying any attention to the real and potential conflicts of interest. Quite non-European behaviour!
The section on contemporary literature presents, as it is usual, contributions characteristic for different genres and signed by writers who belong to different generations and poetics, but some new names on the literary scene are also included.
The literary opus by Viktor Vida (1913 – 1960), a distinguished writer and Croatian refugee in Italy and Argentina with a tragic destiny – born in Boka Kotorska (today a part of Montenegro) – was the central topic of the 18th Antun Šoljan (another great Croatian writer in 20th century) Days in the city of Rovinj. This issue contains contributions by literary scholars, historians and reviewers who have comprehensively analysed Vida’s entire opus for the first time – all the genres in which he showed his great talent, his public engagement and his destiny.
New translations cover three authors, introduced to the Croatian readership for the first time. They belong to the Swiss (French-speaking), Hungarian and Chilean literature.
The current volume also includes new studies and essays on a variety of topics, as follows: neuralgic issues of the Croatian reality and ways in which they are interpreted by writers/in literature; destiny of women camp inmates from Vukovar who were raped in 1991-1992 (the Croatian War of Independence), during the Serbian occupation and destruction of this Middle European city on the Danube River in Croatia; contemporary Chilean poetry by writers of the Croatian origin; novel by the Nobel Prize Winner Orhan Pamuk – The White Castle, etc.
On the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War, native region contributions reveal, among other things, the human solidarity in the most difficult circumstances – how the Istrian children were saved from famine and massive death by their compatriots in the north of Croatia.
The reviews section does not only include recent literary editions, but it also presents books in the fields of history, film, visual arts, etc.
Renata Šamo, Pula
Dubravko Jelačić Bužimski, Zagreb
Božica Zoko, Gradišće
Tomislav Domović, Karlovac
Milko Valent, Velika Gorica
Adam Rajzl, Đakovo
Lora Tomas, Zagreb/Bangalore
Marko Gregur, Koprivnica
Dr. sc. Boris Domagoj Biletić, Rovinj
Dr. sc. Ljubica Josić, Zagreb
Dr. sc. Slaven Jurić, Zagreb
Martina Kokolari, Zagreb
Dr. sc. Željka Lovrenčić, Zagreb
Dr. sc. Irvin Lukežić, Rijeka
Dr. sc. Daniel Mikulaco, Pula
Dr. sc. Antun Pavešković, Zagreb
Mr. sc. Božidar Petrač, Zagreb
Davor Šalat, Zagreb
Dr. sc. Ante Stamać, Zagreb
Dr. sc. Milorad Stojević, Rijeka
Bosiljka Brlečić, Zagreb
Angéla Pataki, Labin
Dr. sc. Ivan Bošković, Split
Dr. sc. Sanja Knežević, Zadar
Dr. sc. Andrés Morales Milohnić, Santiago de Chile
Tamara Bakran, Zagreb
Mr. sc. Vladimir Vojinović, Podgorica
Đuro Vidmarović, Zagreb
Dr. sc. Ivan Pederin, Split
Nevenka Nekić, Zagreb
Stjepan Čuić, Zagreb
Božidar Alajbegović, Rijeka
Mr. sc. Vanesa Begić, Pula
Darija Žilić, Zagreb
Miodrag Kalčić, Pula
Dr. sc. Slaven Bertoša, Pula
Dr. Renata Šamo, Pula
DUBRAVKO JELAČIĆ BUŽIMSKI
Ulderiko Donadini's False Story and Other Falsifications
My Skin Covered in Writing
Magic Hygienic Little Squares
The Fragmented Moon
BORIS DOMAGOJ BILETIĆ
Viktor Vida's Autobiographical Notes
Viktor Vida in Hrvatska revija (The Croatian Review)
The Bound and Free Verse in Viktor Vida's Poetry
The Italian Topics in Vida's Opus
Viktor Vida – the Poet, Prosaist, Refugee
The Interpretation of Viktor Vida's Poem Groblje pokraj mora (The Graveyard by the Sea)
On Viktor Vida's Fictional Prose Tajno poslanje (The Secret Mission)
Viktor Vida's Mediterraneanism
The Background of Vida's Text/Polemic Rasulo Doriana Vlaja (The Disintegration of Dorian the Vlach)
Late Viktor Vida's Poetry in the Light of Hugo Friedrich's Book 'The Structure of Modern Poetry'
Vida's Picture of Karl Jaspers
Reviews and Essays by Viktor Vida
Le hibou et la baleine (The Owl and the Whale) (transl. by B. Brlečić)
Ten Poems (transl. by Ž. Lovrenčić)
TIBOR WEINER SENNYEY
Mahruh (Mahruh's Waking) (transl. by A. Pataki)
Neuralgic Issues of the Croatian Reality (Ratko Cvetnić: Povijest instituta /The History of the Institute/)
The Suffering and Resurrection of the Raped Women Camp Inmates from Vukovar 1991-1992
ANDRÉS MORALES MILOHNIĆ
The Chilean Poetry of the Croatian Origin (transl. by Ž. Lovrenčić)
The Motif of the Double in Pamuk's Novel Beyaz Kale (The White Castle)
Nizeteo's Humanistic Contributions
Waiting for the Ultimate Freedom: Jovan Nikolaidis
Saving the Children of the Istrian Croats in Moslavina during the First World War
The Method and Cultural Content of Biografia... (The Biography...) by Pietro Stanković
Istria in the Memory of a Teacher: Ana Došen
"Throwing Light upon the Communist Deceit"
(Ivan Grljušić: Komunističke priče / The Communist Stories)
"The Novel Marked by Pop-Culture"
(Irena Lukšić: Očajnički sluteći Cohena / Desperately Sensing Cohen)
"Politics and Family Secrets"
(Ratko Cvetnić: Povijest institute / The History of the Institute)
"The Seaside Stories"
(Milan Osmak: Ovce na južnom vjetru / Sheep in the Southern Wind)
"The Book of Good Stories but Average Notes"
(Enver Krivac: Ništa za pisati kući o / Nothing to Write Home about...)
"A Praise to the Common Life"
(Jana Prević Finderle: Ti još pričaš o nogometu / You're Still Talking about Football)
"A Thematically Failed Collection of Papers, Not Needed to the Pula Film City
(N. Gilić – Z. Vidačković /ed./: 60 godina Festivala igranog filma
u Puli i hrvatski film:: zbornik radova / 60 Years of the Pula Film Festival and Croatian Film: Collection of Papers)
"The Jubilee Collection of Papers"
(Buzetski zbornik", sv. 40. / The Buzet Collection of Papers, Vol. 40)
"The Well of Life by Ivan Meštrović in Zagreb"
(Miljenko Galić – Josip Botteri Dini: Meštrovićev zdenac – u spomen artifeksa / Meštrović's Well – in Memory of Artifeks)