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Nobody's Home
ISBN: 9781846590191
Literary Essays
September 2007
13 x 20 cm
256 pages

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Dubravka Ugresic has been compared favourably with writers such as Vladimir Nabokov, Joseph Brodsky, Milan Kundera and Virginia Woolf, and has been awarded many prizes.

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Nobody's Home

Dubravka Ugresic


A whole world seems to orbit within Nobody's Home. It's a world that looks familiar but strange.

Dubravka Ugresic takes us on her whirligig travels through Europe, and across to the US, offering her insightful and unique perspectives on literature, geopolitics, East and West. She wryly points out that while the Eastern bloc is gripped by Western modernization, the West is becoming increasingly Sovietized, with Internet banking, speed dating and automatic supermarket checkouts.

And she doesn't stop there. She's got something to say about everything from flea markets and souvenirs to celebrity and slavery, in this kaleidoscopic tour de force.

Translated by Ellen Elias-Bursac


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I entertained myself by watching the Vietnamese proprietor teach a young Mexican woman with plump fingers how to groom nails. He was gentle and patient. First he applied polish to the nails on her hand, demonstrating how to brush the surface of the nail properly. Then he stretched his own hand out to her so she could demonstrate what she had learned. They made a perfect picture. Lit by light from the street, the teacher and pupil polishing each other's nails was a scene worthy of Vermeer.

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