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Author Green, Surya, author.

Title Once upon a Yugoslavia : when the American way met Tito's third way : a personal journey / Surya Green ; foreword by Dr. Henry Breitrose, Professor Emeritus of Communication, Stanford University.

Publication Info. Williamstown, Massachusetts : New Europe Books, 2015.


Location Call No. Status
 PAS San Rafael Branch Non-Fiction    914.97 GRE    Available
Edition First edition
Description 312 pages ; 21 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Note Includes index.
Contents Venturing Out of the Comfort Zone -- Entering a Gray Existence -- Remembering the Backstory -- Living Like the Locals -- Getting to Know Zagreb Film -- Comparing Lifestyles -- Exercising a New Simplicity -- Stretching Mind's Boundaries -- Detaching from Conditioning -- Seesawing between Emotions -- Missing Freedom -- Assisting Film Trailblazer John Grierson -- Knowing Which Questions to Ask -- Carrying Our Self-Examination -- Glimpsing the Larger Perspective -- Experiencing the Soviet Invasion of Czechoslovakia from Afar -- Learning from Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X -- Seeing with New Eyes -- Becoming Wise in the Workplace -- Crossing Borders -- Embracing the Positive within the Negative -- Going-from-Slave-ia -- Rounding Out Yugo-Nostalgically -- Summing Up in the Now and Looking Ahead.
Summary History books have objectively described the former Yugoslavia, but Once Upon a Yugoslavia gives personalized look at the everyday lives of people in pre-1989 Eastern Europe that shows how the experience transformed one young woman's American Dream. Chronicling the sights, sounds, and ups and downs of the everyday Yugoslav existence, Green speaks to both the positive and negative aspects of the contemporary phenomenon known as "Yugo-nostalgia." The pros and cons of the American and Yugoslav societies fly to and fro during Surya's conversations with a host of colorful characters--some of whom she lodges with and travels the countryside with, others of whom she dates. In this strange Big Brotherish country of perplexing language, culture, and customs--which gives Surya an early experience of living a monitored life without privacy in a land where paranoia is contagious--more than once readers will hear her sobbing at night. --
Subject Yugoslavia -- Description and travel.
Added Author Breitrose, Henry, author of foreword.
ISBN 9780990004349 (pbk.)
0990004341 (pbk.)

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