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Book Information: Museum of Unconditional Surrender, the

Museum of Unconditional Surrender, the (1996) [Novel]
by Dubravka Ugrešić Rating: No votes (Rate!)
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The Museum of Unconditional Surrender begins in the Berlin Zoo, with the contents of Roland the Walrus's stomach displayed beside his pool (Roland died in August, 1961). These objects--a cigarette lighter, lollipop sticks, a beer-bottle opener, etc.--like the fictional pieces of the novel itself, are seemingly random at first, but eventually coalesce, meaningfully and poetically.

Written in a variety of literary forms, The Museum of Unconditional Surrender captures the shattered world of a life in exile. Some chapters are written in compact and beautiful prose fragments. Another chapter re-creates the daily journal of the narrator's lonely and alienated mother, who shops at the improvised flea-markets in town and longs for her children; another is a dream-like narrative in which the narrator's circle of women friends are visited by an angel. There are reflections and accounts of the Holocaust and the Yugoslav Civil War; portraits of European artists; a recipe for Caraway Soup; a moving story of a romantic encounter in Lisbon; descriptions of family photographs; memories of the small town in which the narrator was raised, in which she remembers the Gypsies living opposite the railroad tracks and the magnificent local seamstress (who "seemed to have grown into her Singer sewing machine").

Original title: Muzej bezuvjetne predaje
Original languages: Serbo-Croatian

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Genre: FictionGeneral FictionLiterary Fiction/classicsPost-modern, Avant-garde, & Experimental

This work is excerpted in the following works :
     Terrestrial Intelligence (2006) [Anthology]
      Authors: Clarice Lispector , Muriel Spark , Javier Marías , W. G. Sebald , Victor Pelevin , Uwe Timm , Yoko Tawada , Antonio Tabucchi , Can Xue , Rodrigo Rey Rosa , László Krasznahorkai , Leonid Tsypkin , Dubravka Ugrešić , Alexander Kluge , Roberto Bolańo , Inger Christensen , John Keene , Fleur Jaeggy , Yoel Hoffmann , Kono Taeko , Felisberto Hernandez , Rene Philoctete , Cesar Aira , Enrique Vila-Matas

Edition #1: The Museum of Unconditional Surrender

The Museum of Unconditional Surrender (1999)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Translated by: Celia Hawkesworth
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The Museum of Unconditional Surrender (2002)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: New Directions
ISBN: 0811214931
Dimensions: 4.9 x 7.8 x 0.7
Pages: 256

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