Item description for American Scream: & Palindrome Apocalypse (New Croatia) by Julienne Eden Busic Dubravka Oraic-Tolic...
What is America? For renowned Croatian poet Dubravka Oraic Tolic, it is "what is born from our dreams without our knowing." As Columbus' dream of reaching India was interrupted by the discovery of a new land, we too discover unexpected lands in pursuit of our dreams. These new lands are the reality of our hopeful voyages. American Scream explores the tension between a nation's dream of freedom and the outworking of that dream.
"Palindrome Apocalypse" explores the history of the twentieth century, beginning with the October Revolution of 1917 and ending with the bombing of Zagreb in 1991-a shadow of apocalypse. Here the exceptional poem is presented side-by-side with the Croatian so the reader can appreciate the amazing palindromic verse.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9" Width: 5.9" Height: 0.6" Weight: 0.95 lbs.
Release Date Nov 1, 2005
Publisher Ooligan Press
ISBN 1932010106 ISBN13 9781932010107
Availability 0 units.
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So mindblowing you have to read over and over again Oct 30, 2007
The poem that takes up the larger part of this book is a poem based on the fact that Columbus was looking for India when he stumbled upon the Americas. It is a fascinating exploration of this serendipitous discovery. But for me, the most incredible part of this book is the second piece. "Palindrome Apocalypse" is a masterpiece. The Croatian text, which is placed opposite of the English translation is fascinating just to look at. Dubravka Oraic-Tolic has told a very difficult and emotional story through the use of palindromes, words/phrases that are the same forwards and backwards. I couldn't help just staring at the genius of the palindromes. The translation is also masterfully done with some very evocative thoughts about the suffering that Croatia has endured over the years. This is a book that will be a joy to look back on repeatedly. It is a great way to learn more about a country that is becoming more and more popular to visit.
Editorial confession Jun 17, 2006
I edited this book and designed the interior (with help). Usually I wouldn't comment on the book in a review because obviously I'm biased in favor of the book. I'm going to break that rule here though. I was not a fan of poetry. I prefer simple reading. But once I got into Dubravka's poetry, I could not help but feel amazement at the eloquence and quality of her poetry. The multiple layers of depth that intertwine subjects, times, and languages as if they were one, in fact contending in some ways they are. The language can be serious and humorous almost simultaneously. The insights are wonderful. Each time I read the poems (and I have read them hundreds of times) I still feel delight and newness. Dubravka is certainly one of the most intelligent people I have ever associated with. Her skill with written language is in the realm of genius. Owning this book is not only a wonderful read, but the kind of book you show with pride to others.