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The Art of Coughing

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A collection of narrative essays on family, history, and travel from Croation American Josip Novakovich, a Whiting Writers' Award winner and recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. Having fled his homeland of Yugoslavia, leaving behind kin and community, the author here captures significant portraits of what is lost, what is remembered, and what remains. Within those moment

Paperback, 220 pages
Published February 14th 2012 by Dzanc Books (first published November 15th 2011)
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Sep 18, 2012 Ann rated it liked it
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This has been re-titled: "Shopping for a Better Country," which is the opening essay in the collection, in which the Croatian-American author writes meandering essays-- essays that bring odd questions to the surface. Written in a conversational, confessional tone, the pieces offer fascinating cultural tidbits from Croatia and the former Yugoslavia.

In the title essay, Novakovich writes: "Moving away from Croatia made it easier for me to write about Croatia. a way, my being in America has st
Aug 12, 2012 Poupeh rated it liked it
The book's title is actually now "Shopping for a Better Country." The life story of so many of us...
the dark humor of these pieces is great...
Countries and borders merging only to become more present in one's life... displacement and the attempt to overcome it only failing...
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Josip Novakovich (Croatian: Novaković) is a Croatian-American writer. His grandparents had immigrated from the Croatia, then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, to Cleveland, Ohio, and, after the First World War, his grandfather returned to what had become Yugoslavia. Josip Novakovich was born (in 1956) and grew up in the Central Croatian town of Daruvar, studied medicine in the northern Serbian ...more
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