Leskov Amongst the Tombstones: On Miljenko Jergović’s Kin

The Storyteller and the Legacy of Annihilation

Cemeteries are a common motif in documentaries about the various conflicts that define what is called ‘the breakup of Yugoslavia.’ In one such documentary a man standing amongst tombstones in the Bosnian town of Travnik tells us he doesn’t hate anybody, but that when someone points a gun at you what choice is there but to point one at him. Another man, …

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