José Saramago: “Writers are no longer authors, but content providers”
Croatian journalist Adriana Piteša interviewed the Nobel Prize-winning novelist shortly before his death in 2010. He didn’t pull any punches.
Dropping the baton: Tito, youth culture and the Slovene syndrome
Tito’s cult of personality prevailed for a few years following his death in May 1980. By the end of the decade, however, this legacy was in a serious state of dissipation.
Stalker at Forty
Shown at the Cannes Film Festival in May 1980, Tarkovsky’s meditative masterpiece continues to cast its spell
The world’s first fully-operational torpedo was developed in Rijeka by Bolton-born engineer Robert Whitehead
The Battle for Rīga
It is 100 years since a combined force of Germans and Russians were beaten back by a nascent Latvian army, backed up by British and French warships
Gabriele D’Annunzio and the Culture of Violence
Was the Italian soldier-poet a liberator? Or a warning of the dark times to come?
Yugoslavia in the Year 2000
Throughout 1960, Globus magazine ran a series of articles about what they thought the country would look like in the year 2000. Casting their eyes over existing plans for concrete suburbs and high-rise cities, Globus’s writers were essentially saying that, thanks to socialism, the future was already here.
Robert Smith Rewound
In May 1996 I had the good fortune to interview Cure frontman Robert Smith. And then, with the interview still untranscribed, I lost the tape. It took me 23 years to find out what on earth I had done with it.
Journey to Russia
Miroslav Krleža’s masterpiece of mid-Twenties reportage is a compelling hybrid of travelogue, personal memoir and political essay
The Elusive Emperor
Few people are so central to the history of Split as Roman Emperor Diocletian. And yet it’s surprising how little we know about the man.
The time is ripe for Croatia to regain its rightful place on the European horror map
What is a song without a sleeve? Jugoton’s place in art and pop
Zagreb record label Jugoton didn’t just nurture a unique music scene. It also set new standards in Croatian design
Hoochie Coochie Hoću Kući
Is Milan Manojlović Mance’s Man from Katanga the greatest Croatian album ever made?
Forty years ago members of Czech rock band Plastic People of the Universe were put on trial for playing music that the country’s communist rulers didn’t like the sound of.
One of Europe’s most breathtaking new museums is on the Croatian island of Lošinj
Šibenik C’est Chic
Few destinations on the Adriatic have reinvented themselves so thoroughly as the central Dalmatian city of Šibenik.
Rijeka Rock City
It was the port city of Rijeka that led the way when it came to Croatia’s relationship with the electric guitar, and it is Rijeka that preserves most in terms of rock and roll heritage today.
Although rarely celebrated, it’s Zadar’s rich stock of Sixties-era architecture that gives the city so much character.
Siluett was one of the most seductive fashion magazines of the 1960s. And it was produced in Soviet-occupied Estonia.
A History of Zagreb in Ten Buildings
Forget the about the cathedral and St Mark’s Square, Zagreb’s real architectural strength lies is its status as a crucible of the modern
Crucif*cked: the extraordinary career of Egon Bondy
Outside Czech-speaking circles, underground writer and philosopher Egon Bondy remains almost unknown; however it’s hard to see where the Czech literary scene would be without him
The time is ripe for a rereading of Gregor von Rezzori, one of Central Europe’s most distinctive voices
Station to Station
Yevgeni Voishvillo and Yuri Kiselev: two of the best sci-fi illustrators you’ve probably never heard of
Death, metal: Ernst Jünger and Germany’s 20th century
The German author of Storm of Steel was the greatest writer to come out of the trenches of World War I. It’s almost exactly a century since he first saw front-line action.
Parts of the mural-covered wall running along Zagreb’s Branimirova ulica were demolished at the end of May 2015. The news was greeted by a wave of public indifference, despite the fact that the wall is one of the city’s defining visual landmarks.
Few artists exemplify the former Yugoslvia’s modernist heritage quite so much as Croatian sculptor Vojin Bakić
Man paints Dog
Artist Miroslav Kraljević was the great hope of Croatian painting until his early death in 1913