Nova Istra No. 3-4/2003.
Nova Istra - Literary and Cultural Journal No. 3-4/2003.
- In this issue, modern Croatian literature is represented with some pieces of prose written by a couple of authors belonging to different generations.
- The title “Surrealist revolution and paranoia of boyish game” hides the translations of the French surrealist texts, published in the journal known as La Révolution Surréaliste. Among the selected authors, the following ones are to be pointed out: Paul Éluard, Louis Aragon, Antonin Artaud, André Breton, Salvador Dalí, etc. The current issue also provides the recent Croatian translations of the poems by modern Portuguese poet called Fernando Dias Antunes.
- A special translation section is devoted to the small anthology of modern Russian unrestricted verse and contemporary Czech poetry.
- “Michel Houellebecq and the end of the sexual liberation myth” is an essay on the literary work by the famous modern French writer.The same section also consists of the essay about Danilo Kiš and of the text dealing with the relation between the Croatian literary tradition of the 19th-century Realism and the abortion issue viewed from the modern perspective. Another essay on the divine texts taken from the Croatian literary corpus in Bosnia and Herzegovina and dated from 17th and 18th c. is also very interesting.
- The theatre section includes an intriguing and controversial theatrological discussion under the title “New European drama or, perhaps, drama of new Europe”.
- Alongside, the music section provides some insights into two episodes belonging to the music history of Pula as the most important and the biggest Istrian town under the fascist Italian occupation, i.e. the guest performances of the distinguished names of the Italian opera – Totti dal Monte and Beniamino Gigli – in the 1930s.
- A special section deals with the sacral architecture in the Istrian Peninsula, Croatia, in the 1990s.
- This time, a selection of more specific regional subject matters includes historical issues dated from 16th and 17th c., with a special emphasis on the essay referring to the relation between word and picture in the scenes depicting the martyrdom of St. George in the local church situated in Lovran on the western part of the Istrian coast, the so-called Liburnia.
- As for reviews, these are on some latest books in the fields of literature (Haruki Murakami, etc.), history and jazz music.
- Finally, the current issue also provides the black and white art photographs.
Translation: R. Š
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