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Biljana Jovanović's novel Psi i ostali (Dogs & Others), published in Yugoslavia in 1980, explores the life of a tragic and dysfunctional family in Belgrade in the 1970s. The matriarch of the family is the ailing, elderly grandmother, Jaglika, who is of mixed Hungarian-Montenegrin descent; the rest of the family are Serbs who have grown up in Tito’s Yugoslavia, with its increasingly urban and modern style of life. The family members include Lidia (also known as Lida) and her troubled brother, Danilo; their largely absent mother, Marina (Jaglika’s daughter); and Marina’s two brothers, Lidija’s uncles, identified only as F. and K. Milena is a family friend who becomes Lidija’s lover.
Read the first chapter of Dogs & Others - her first novel to be published in English and translated by John K. Cox - on the Prague-based blog, B O D Y Literature
There's more here, on the US literary blog dedicated to World Lit - Words without Borders
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