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If you are anything like me, as a child you have often wondered what that huge, shapeless, hulking blotch, the Ottoman Empire was doing on the map in the history book, how it got there in the first place, and why teachers kept calling it an ailing giant, seemingly heir to decay right from day one. Through the power of literature, this and other musings can find a rewarding answer. Set in the aftermath of war with Russia, not a war in particular, just some war, in some unspecified century the eighteenth for some, the nineteenth for others , The Fortress is a slice-of-life tale of love, resilience, and despotism set in the extreme periphery of the Ottoman Empire , that other shibboleth of history hours in school — the Balkans. As a bonus, one surmises, the tyranny of Constantinople and its henchmen is meant to signify, in a more or less allusive way, that other structure of snooping and all-encompassing power, communism, which sort of wraps it all together nicely. One of the miracles of historical novels is to disaggregate the past, which we are used to picturing in terms of decades and millions of people, into single individuals with a name, a personal trajectory and the dire need to eat everyday. The Olympian procession of ages and kings all but dissolves, or at any rate becomes less relevant, when you look at it from the perspective of the common man, the one who is struggling to stay alive and keep his decency.

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In , he enrolled to study the Serbo-Croatian language and literature at the University of Belgrade Faculty of Philology and graduated in At that time he participated in the Soko athletic organisation. After his release, he moved to liberated territory, became a member of Communist Party of Yugoslavia and the political commissar of the Tuzla Detachment of the Partisans.

After the war, he briefly resided in Belgrade , and in he moved to Sarajevo , where he was the professor of High School of Pedagogy and Faculty of Philology, art director of Bosna Film, chief of the drama section of the National Theater, and chief editor of the publishing house Svjetlost. Exasperated by a latent conflict with several local politicians and intellectuals, in he moved to Belgrade, where he lived until his death in Some critics have likened this novel to Kafka 's The Trial.

Subsequent novels Ostrvo The Island, , featuring an elderly couple facing aging and eventual death on a Dalmatian island, and posthumously published Krug The Circle, , have not been translated into English.

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In , he enrolled to study the Serbo-Croatian language and literature at the University of Belgrade Faculty of Philology and graduated in At that time he participated in the Soko athletic organisation. After his release, he moved to liberated territory, became a member of Communist Party of Yugoslavia and the political commissar of the Tuzla Detachment of the Partisans. After the war, he briefly resided in Belgrade , and in he moved to Sarajevo , where he was the professor of High School of Pedagogy and Faculty of Philology, art director of Bosna Film, chief of the drama section of the National Theater, and chief editor of the publishing house Svjetlost. Exasperated by a latent conflict with several local politicians and intellectuals, in he moved to Belgrade, where he lived until his death in

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