Classification and determination of works that could be classified as post-Yugoslav literature would imply detailed systematization of a wide, thematically extensive and extremely interesting literary material of all nations that once belonged to the Yugoslav literary and cultural region. Although literature goes beyond physical boundaries and allows a connection with various peaks and cultural dimensions, our post-Yugoslav literature is close and beyond all the real and fictitious barriers in the works of universal value. The collapse of the Yugoslav society and the systems on which it rests in the novel Frost and Ash by Jasna Šamić is shown from different perspectives, which opens up multiple possibilities for interpretation and analysis. The demolition of one system of values and the establishment of another never involves only individuals, but always, inevitably, reflects on all stakeholders in a society. In such times, women hold a particularly sensitive position in patriarchal systems, being almost always marked as marginal, weaker and subject to subordination. Different strategies of subordination and control are realized through the system of dichotomic establishment of hierarchies which involves conquest of not only the body, but also the subjugation of the spirit and imposing the feelings of guilt. In a time marked by violence and various psychological and physical trauma, Jasna Šamić’s novel has remained unexplored, although the issues it opened up remain fresh and current.
This paper discusses the post-Yugoslav literature, but it also deals with problems and positive examples on this literary scene. The problem of the double marginalization of female authors is in the centre of this paper, with a special focus on the novels Ravnoteža (Balance) by Svetlana Slapšak and Satovi u majčinoj sobi (Clocks in Mother’s Room) by Tanja Stupar Trifunović. The paper endeavours to point out that both of these novels are of significant importance to the post-Yugoslav literary scene but also that, theme, style, and form-wise, they belong to a market much larger than that of the former Yugoslav countries.
The article deals with literary treatment of historical documents on mass extermination of Jews in the Second World War. It focuses on texts by Danilo Kiš, David Albahari and Daša Drndić. The idea of ‘post-Yugoslav literary field’ provides the context for interpretation, and different narrative strategies of implementation of historical documents in the works of fiction are connected with the theoretical question of authorship, posed by Michel Foucault and Giorgio Agamben. The concept of the author as an instance that completes other peoples’ testimonies is transposed to the level of the literary character, in order to give an answer to the fundamental question of Giorgio Agamben: What does it mean to be the subject of desubjectivation, and how can a subject give an account on their own desintegration?