edited by Richard Swartz
Northwestern University Press, 2013
eISBN: 978-0-8101-6402-4 | Paper: 978-0-8101-2630-5
Library of Congress Classification PG551.E1A53 2013
Dewey Decimal Classification 808.8032496

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

The Balkans have been so troubled by violence and mis­understanding that we have the verb “balkanize,” mean­ing to break up into smaller, warring components. While some of the region’s artists and thinkers have invari­ably fallen into nationalistic tendencies, the twenty-two prominent authors represented here, from the erstwhile Yugoslavia and its neighbors Albania and Bulgaria, have chosen to attempt to bridge these divides. The essays, biographical sketches, and stories in The Stranger Next Door form a project of understanding that picks up where politics fail. The English-language translation joins edi­tions of the book that appeared concurrently in all of the participating countries.