Empire in Crumbs
Dominique Kirchner Reill’s new book The Fiume Crisis takes an iconoclastic new look at the history of Rijeka after World War I
Komeda: A Private Life in Jazz by Magdalena Grzebałkowska tells the story of Poland’s most talented musician of the jazz generation, and reveals what exactly jazz meant to a Polish society in the throes of rapid change.
The Nowhere Man
With the late Bekim Sejranović’s award-winning novel From Nowhere to Nowhere appearing in English for the first time, we look back at the career of an extravagantly talented writer
Journey by Moonlight by Antal Szerb
Višnja Vukašinović looks back at a classic modernist novel about holidays gone horribly wrong
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.
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.
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.
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.
(Come on Baby) Light my Choir
Traditional choral festivals provided a natural focus for the so-called Singing Revolution, which swept across the Baltic States in 1987-1990.
We Play World War: Karl Kraus and the end of Austria
Viennese satirist Karl Kraus was one of the few people who wrote against World War I from start to finish: not because he thought there was anything wrong in defending one’s flag, but because he saw how patriotism was hijacked by the mass media.
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
Power Ballads: Marta Kubišová and the Velvet Revolution
The story of Marta Kubišová’s song A Prayer for Marta reveals much about the power of popular culture - and the desire of those in government to place it under control.