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Wat is er met de boekenmarkt aan de hand? De ene hype is nog niet uitgeraasd of er dient zich alweer een volgende aan. Een serieus debat over de inhoud staat steeds meer onder druk. Dubravka Ugrešić neemt in een belangrijk deel van haar essays krachtig stelling tegen wat zij ziet als het dreigende einde van de boekencultuur. In andere essays signaleert ze vlijmscherp hoe d ...more
Hardcover, 255 pages
Published 2001 by De Geus (first published 2000)
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Hadrian
What can we expect from a collection of essays that quotes Eeyore and Joseph Brodsky in its epigrams? A great deal. Dubravka Ugrešić is an observant author, from a smaller country often marginalized in the global media, and a witness to political, social, economic turmoil.

Many of these essays center around a vague impersonal 'Market' and the state of modern reading. She talks about mass-production and best-sellers. Reducing authorship to products, and reducing literature to only the material cu
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Yakup
Jan 22, 2017 Yakup rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bir süre yazarın farklı diline alıştıktan sonra kendinizi modern yaşamın geçirmiş olduğu sancılardan biri olan tükenmişliği hisseden her bireyin, tükettiği edebi eserlerin, müziğin v.b. olguların bizdeki kalıntılarını, aynı zamanda vicdansız piyasa şartlarında varlık gösteremeyen veya göstermekte tereddüt edenlerin alın yazısının aktarımıdır. Kitabın yarısından sonra ise genel anlamda sosyalist bir alt kültür ile yetişmiş yazar, bize anılarını aktarırken bir taraftan ise aslında toplumda oluşan ...more
Oriana
Nov 24, 2008 Oriana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2008
Wow. This is a hell of a book. Dubravka is really damn smart, sometimes too smart for me, in fact. These essays really range in scope, although the first section is all about publishing: how sex appeal counts for more than skill, how 'the market' is a blind, dumb animal, how agents are totally full of shit, how everything has become ruled by spectacle and silliness, etc.

I actually got this book because I saw her read with Bragi Ólafsson. During the reading, she said that this book got her basic
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Kayıp Rıhtım
Okumadığınız İçin Teşekkürler, cüretkar isimli, cüretkar konulu bir kitap. Düşünsenize, kitap piyasasını, velinimetiniz olan okuru ve dost edinmenin referans anlamına geleceği yazarları düşman edeceksiniz. Bu sırada kendi yazarlık kariyerinizi de tiye alacak, bir de üstüne üstlük kitaba böyle bir ad vereceksiniz. Biz buna Dubravka Ugresiç diyoruz.

Ugresiç kitabında Winnie the Pooh’nun depresif ama her daim mantığın sesi olan eşek karakteri Eeyore’u sık sık kullanıyor. Ugresiç’in sık sık vurguladı
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MJ Nicholls
These be charming and hilarious attacks on the publishing world, writers and their tics, and the laughable state of Croatian culture. These also be serious academic essays on East European writers, with ‘The Writer in Exile’ as its centrepiece: a lacerating display of egghead invective laced with personal sorrow and frustration.

Ugrešić has suffered the indifference of her chauvinist peers, the turned backs of a fiercely nationalist state, and the folly of trying to sell East European issues in
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Bilalante
Sep 18, 2016 Bilalante rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bunca denemenin bulunduğu, sanki tekrarların da olduğu bu ironik ve mizahi dille yazılmış kitabı bir iki cümle ile özetlemek gerekirse:

Dünya bir gösteri alanı, bir sirk. Ancak meta değeri olan, tüketilebilir olan şeyler (edebiyat dahil) boy gösterebilir bu alanda.
Hazal Çamur
Kitabın ilk yarısı beni fazlasıyla heyecanlandırırken yarısından sonrası hayal kırıklığı oldu.

İlk yarıda cesur ve alaycı bir kadınla beraberdim. Kah onun muzip eleştirilerine gülüyor, kah başımı sallayarak iğneyi kendime de batırıyordum. Okumadığınız İçin Teşekkürler, cüretkar isimli, cüretkar konulu bir kitaptı benim için. Düşünsenize, kitap piyasasını, velinimetiniz olan okuru ve dost edinmenin referans anlamına geleceği yazarları düşman edeceksiniz. Bu sırada kendi yazarlık kariyerinizi de ti
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Janet
Jul 31, 2013 Janet rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy-essay
This wonderful, maddening, frustrating, brilliant book. Short essays of literary/cultural criticism that have the confidence of a Sontag, a Svetlana Boym, with all the subway-razor-slasher pessimism of a Nabokov. Yet I wavered between four and five stars because Ugresic never really takes her criticism all the way, as Boym does--she stops at quickly slashing the jacket of one's naive Western optimism and populism without ever telling us what she really does believe, what would be more correct or ...more
M. Sarki
Dec 31, 2015 M. Sarki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A serious writer's manual that is well-written and quite entertaining.
Mary
Oct 18, 2008 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank god for translations. This is a fascinating group of essays that looks at the current downslide of good writing in the United States and Europe. Her essays are not dogmatic--they are hilarious, often tongue-in-cheek, and yet critical. She articulates so much of what the publishing industry does to destroy good and great writers from reaching their audience. And she should know--as a Croatian writer, she is relegated to a part of the world that doesn't matter in corporate views of what sell ...more
Emre
Jun 19, 2017 Emre rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Özellikle kısa öyküleriyle tanınan çağdaş bir Amerikalı yazara bir keresinde,'Öyküden vazgeçip, neden romana yöneldiniz?' diye sorulmuştu.
'Altı haneli bir farktan ötürü' cevabını vermişti yazar.'" Sf:58

"Milan Kundera bir keresinde, bir gün herkesin yazacağını ama kimsenin dinlemeyeceğini söylemişti." Sf:62

"Hayat yanımda taşıdığım tek bavuldur." Sf:135
Bülent Özgün
Jan 28, 2016 Bülent Özgün rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Harika. Çok yerinde bir ironiyle mühim meseleleri anlatıyor Ugresiç. Tekrar tekrar okunması gereken, güncelliğini kaybetmeyen güzel denemelerle dolu kitap. Büyük bir zevkle okudum.
Allyssa
Aug 14, 2007 Allyssa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: currentrereading
Grumpy Eastern-European intellectuals are awesome. Americans usually think they are "conservatives". They don't get it.
Sera
Mar 18, 2017 Sera rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kitap sektörü ve batı dünyasında Amerikalı ya da İngiliz olmayan bir yazar olmakla ilgili denemelerinin yanında, romantik sürgün imajını yerle bir ettiği yazılarıyla küreselleşmeye ilişkin denemeleri etkili. Bu tür edebiyat ve okumakla ilgili denemelerden oluşan kitaplarda sıkça rastlanan, tespitlerinin çoğu doğru bile olsa çeşitli okur tiplerine yönelik kategorizeleştirmeye meyleden alaycı bir yaklaşımdan öteye gidemeyen tutumdan fazlası var. Yazar popüler kültür üzerine düşüncelerinde, herkesi ...more
Ginger K
Jul 23, 2007 Ginger K rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers
Shelves: nonfiction
A unique blend of essays and short fictions, with neither fiction nor nonfiction marked. The author makes interesting insights into the effects of market forces on literature and the aftereffects of communism and its fall in Eastern Europe.

"The Book Proposal" and "Eco among the Nudists" are among my favorites, but "Long Live Socialist Realism" - which compares the Oprah bestseller phenomenon to the Socialist realism movement of Yugoslavia's communist past - is the hook I'm using to get friends r
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Gülay Cansever
Kitabı okunmaya başladığımda ilk bir kaç yazıyı çok beğendim. Sonraki bir iki yazıyı hiç beğenmedim derken, kitabın sonuna kadar böyle gitti. Aslında sonlara doğru yazılar benim açımdan daha okunurdu.
"Okumadığınız için teşekkürler" içinde çok beğendiğim bölümler olan yazılar da içeriyor.

Mesela eski Rusya'da şiir dizelerine karşılık ödeme yapılırken roman yazarlarına sayfa başı ödeme yapılıyormuş. Dubravka Ugresic Rus edebiyatının bu kadar kalın eserler çıkartmış olması bundan dolayı olabilir d
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Rob
Apr 21, 2012 Rob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(8/10) A scathing and frequently brilliant attack on the publishing industry and the literary world at large. Recently there have been a lot of people flocking to defend traditional publishers against big bad Amazon, but Ugresic's book acts as a good demonstration that the Big Six are as much an enemy to good literature as any online clearing-house. She does this mainly through bitter wit, outlandish humour, and a well-measured sprinkling of personal anecdotes. The best parts are the ones about ...more
Audra (Unabridged Chick)
My two-word review for this book would likely be, 'Oh, snap!' because Ugresic pretty much rips on everyone in the literary/publishing world: readers, writers, publishers, agents, advertisers -- everyone but book sellers (sort of, more on that later).

Ugrešić's writing style is wonderful: poetic, biting, passionate, and fiery, and there's nothing in the publishing world she won't attack. From grocery stores selling books to the passion for Umberto Eco among vacationers in Greece, Ugrešić critique
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Karina
Jun 27, 2012 Karina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Any reader or writer will love these cynical and sometimes touching essays about how the current publishing world has changed our roles as readers and writers. Ugresic's observations are spot on, and even though these essays were written twelve to fifteen years ago, they are perhaps even more relevant today. I especially enjoyed "Women, Smoking, and Literature," "Little Red Dot," and "Long Live Socialist Realism!" The latter points out the ironic fact that the sort of book which sells well in to ...more
Zeynep Nur
Aug 20, 2016 Zeynep Nur rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: deneme-yazın
Ugresiç, 'çoksatan' kitaplar hakkında genel olarak ne düşünüyorsam, onları, kağıda geçmiş. Bunun yanı sıra bir yazar olarak kendi öz eleştirisini yapabilmiş biri. Hırvat bir yazar olarak etiketlenmek ile Doğu Avrupalı biri olarak kabul görmesinden dolayı Batı Avrupalılar veya Amerikalılar tarafından kendisine ne gözle bakıldığını güzelce anlatmış. Anlatırken sadece edebiyata odaklanmayarak, özellikle sonlara doğru, küreselleşme hakkında yazarak daha çok ilgimi çekti diyebilirim. Altını çize çize ...more
Danielle
Jul 24, 2007 Danielle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a book replete with honed wit and satirical wisdom pointedly aimed at the publishing industry. The author really excels at delivering a great deal of thoughtful and thought-provoking insight into choices readers and publishers make in very short incisive essays. You will laugh out loud as you read about book proposals and find yourself astonished by the marked similarities between mainstream, marketed books and Soviet Social Realism.
Paul
Jul 30, 2009 Paul rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"essays on literary trivia" is NOT a subtitle to this book, at least not on my copy.
that's really misleading.
this collection gathers just over two dozen mini-essays on book culture in the marketplace. perfect for public transport commutes, waiting-rooms, and nightstands.
SmarterLilac
Nov 16, 2010 SmarterLilac rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A scathing look at one of the most endangered professions.
Armin Hennig
Mit zahlreichen Bonmots gespickte Sammlung von scharfzüngigen Glossen, die in der Summe jedoch weniger überzeugend wirken als jedes boshafte bis wehleidige Kapitel für sich. Auf jeden Fall die gelungene Bestandsaufnahme der von der Diktatur der Partei unter die Räder des Marktes geratenen Literaten.
Hakan İlker
Jun 22, 2016 Hakan İlker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anlaşılır ve espritüel bir dille yazılmış başarılı bir kitap. Uzun bir süre 'piyasa' kitaplarına dokunmamaya çalışacağım. Tabii ne kadar başarılı olursam, olabilirsek.
SarahJaneSmith
This was a surprise! I stumbled upon this book randomly in my library, and both cover and title piqued my interest. And then I couldn't stop reading it. Brilliant, witty, and so well written. Her views were inspiring, and I liked how she included and reflected on her personal experiences in these essays. I definitely have to read more from Ugrešić.
Trever Polak
Mar 31, 2016 Trever Polak marked it as flipped-through  ·  review of another edition
While I agree on the whole with Ugrešić, I do find her wholesale denouncements a bit troubling sometimes. Her idea of the culture-optimist is interesting, but I think that she creates a dichotomy without a midpoint. (She describes the culture-optimist as someone who champions popular culture but live in the upper-class.) I believe, and I think i would fall into it, that there is a group that sees the masses as both promising and flawed. I specifically have hope for the lower class, and being low ...more
Elizabeth
Oct 11, 2009 Elizabeth rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
This was simply terrible. Take all of the hyperbole that speckles the work of Sven Birkerts and combine it with many of the opinions of Matthew Arnold (without either the class-based intrigue or the erudition), and you come close to characterizing this work. I'm happy to engage with (if not inclined to entirely agree with) the topics this essay collection raises: the cheapening of contemporary culture, the death of a literary class, the decay of society in the face of commercialism. But Ugresic ...more
Tamara Atanasoska
Dubravka Ugresic je književni genije.
Anetq
Dec 09, 2015 Anetq rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reading_europe
Essays about being a writer, an eastern european, former Yugoslavian, currently Croatian, female, non-fiction writing author. It is not the height of literary fashion, and the sarcasm is fun at times, but after the first 100 pages of variations on the theme, well... It gets a bit repetitive. And sad. Even if it does provide some interesting insights into the cultural heritage of the other side of the iron curtain - and the loss of the country one grew up in. But the form. Well I get a little tir ...more
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Dubravka Ugrešić earned her degrees in Comparative Literature, Russian Language and Literature at the University of Zagreb, and worked for twenty years at the Institute for Theory of Literature at Zagreb University, successfully pursuing parallel careers as a writer and a literary scholar.

She started writing professionally with screenplays for children’s television programs, as an undergraduate. I
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