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It was precisely at that moment, the narrator tells us, that a team of archaeologists and painters, art historians, and photographers set out almost spontaneously in search of the medieval frescoes of Istria. So begins A Brief Excursion, a picaresque adventure in which a tantalizing hint of hidden riches, forgotten beauty, and a whiff of the past lure an odd assortment ofIt was precisely at that moment, the narrator tells us, that a team of archaeologists and painters, art historians, and photographers set out almost spontaneously in search of the medieval frescoes of Istria. So begins A Brief Excursion, a picaresque adventure in which a tantalizing hint of hidden riches, forgotten beauty, and a whiff of the past lure an odd assortment of characters toward the unexpected.A Brief Excursion, Antun Soljan's second novel, anchors this collection of fiction by one of the most significant postwar Croatian writers. The works collected here, including many stories from Soljan's first book, Traitors, reveal a sensibility both comic and poignant, devoted to questions of identity and solidarity, of how the one and the many conflict and mingle -- issues that were at the center of both political and literary life for Soljan. In one story after another -- whether fixing up a summerhouse on the Istrian coast or confronting prejudice and the past in a tourist town -- Soljan's characters are stirred to action by a chimera of longing only to find, at the end of their efforts, the stark landscape of self-knowledge and loss.Antun Soljan's ironic, playful writing, always flirting with the political, asserts itself throughout these stories with their portrayal of the complex identity of his generation....

Title : A Brief Excursion and Other Stories (European Classics (Evanston, Ill.).)
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ISBN : 9780810116351
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 252 Pages
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  • Jonathan
    2019-04-18 16:29

    Excellent - shades of Kafka, Borges - allegorical texts which engage with post-war Croatian society, which critique with humor and anger the Communist party line. There is much searching for beauty, and failing to find it. Much pacing through dusty plains. Much frustration and failure....This collection comprises a 110 page novella and a number of key short stories. It is well worth your time.