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ISSN 1409-6900 | UDK 82+7     Blesok no. 69 | volume XII | November-December, 2009



                     Peer-reviewed journal
Blesok no. 69November-December, 2009

Don’t You FYROM Me

– contemporary Macedonian short stories –
(Književna revija, Ogranak Matice hrvatske, Osijek, br. 2-3/2009)
Foreword to the book

p. 1
Zlatko Kramarić

Without any doubt, the former union of the south Slavic peoples functioned as a serious state – it had all the necessary attribites: repressive state mechanisms (secret police…), courts and controled scientific and cultural institutons, which, just like courts, were a bit too impregnated with monistic view of teh world (especially the humanities which participated in the cruel productio of the so-called “spirit engineers” or “fishermen of human souls”). However, the big question is now, if this “serious” state ever functioned as a “decent” society (with an obligation, if nothing else, to at least represent the sensitive individuals or groups in a positive light).
    At those “lead” times, I was not the only one who asked difficult questions, such as “can the area from Triglav to Vardar be considered homogeneous”, or “can this clearly defined political space be considered a compact society”? However, then, as now, it was more than clear that the opposites were obvious in this society, although the ideological cleaners on duty convinced us that there were no dramatic “differences”, or cracks in this “perfect” community, that we had evil minds, that we were only looking poorly and interpreting wrongly. Everybody spoke and rattled in this artificial community, but nobody listed to anybody!
    I remember the last (Yugo)Slavic congress in New York, which took place in the autumn (somewhere at the beginning of October), 1988. While I spoke about the lack of communication among Yugoslav literatures, outside the congress centre of Park hotel, parallel to my address, “the people happened”, and with only few packs of yoghurt thrown and populist paroles, they caused a pre-election mess with the political elite at the time. This first serious exit of the enraged and manipulated people on the streets thoroughly changed the political relations in our state at the time. Jasques Rupnik's diagnosis proved to be true – the nationalist passions, in their endlessly powerful possibilities for mobilization were at work again… While a governing paradigm disappeared without a trance, another (the democratic one) was still out of sight!
    My presentation was unnoticed – my fellow slavists thought that it was pure opportunism to juxtapose a virtual world to the real one! And they could not understand at all how somebody could claim that there was no communication among Yugoslav literatures. Less than ten years later, some others (such as Igor Mandić, for example) proved again that there was communication between the

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