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This grand novel encompasses nearly all of Yugoslavia's tumultuous twentieth century, from the decline of the Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman Empires through two world wars, the rise and fall of communism, the breakup of the nation, and the terror of the shelling of Dubrovnik. Tackling universal themes on a human scale, master storyteller Miljenko Jergovic traces one ...more
ebook, 352 pages
Published October 27th 2015 by Yale University Press (first published January 1st 2003)
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Isidora
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Veliki roman, veći od mojih trenutnih čitalačkih kapaciteta. Zato četvorka. Preplavila me njegova melanholija.
Shopen
Oct 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Приемам определението "колосален труд". За мен беше малко претоварена в детайлните и претрупани с описания образи.
Zhanet
Sep 24, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
When I stared to read this - the first 50 pages or so - I was thrilled to discover that this author actually describes people getting angry; people getting so mad, so furious that they throw curses at each other and use one hell of a bad language in order to blow off their steam. How very refreshing! It made me realize how often novels describe people being wronged and not defending themselves...
ilona
Apr 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dobra knjiga ali mi se nije poklopila sa raspoloženjem, šteta.
Dafne Flego
Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We've had a rocky start, this book and I...

I think I was about 50 pages in when I first seriously considered dnf-ing it.

Simply, since Jergović's "Mama Leone" is one of my ultimate favourites, I went into this one with high expectations. And the first 50-100 pages dealt with characters I couldn't connect with and who felt like caricatures.

Those first hundred-or-so pages brimmed with what I've come to think of as my biggest issue with the author's writing. His female characters.

Funnily enough,
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Alexandra
Aug 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Walnut Mansion is for those who like sagas, histories of families where characters’ stories flow into one another, the characters themselves wither and disappear but the book goes on. You will keep the memories of those characters as if you had met them personally. Miljenko Jergović creates them with the same craft as Leo Tolstoy did. The people in their books are alive and breathing.

The actions take place on the territory of ex-Yugoslavia. I’ve been living on this territory for many years,
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Mimi
Sep 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have mixed feelings about this book, sometimes it was brilliant writing and characters, other times seemed interminable. It covers roughly a century mostly in Croatia. History happens but is not explained. Ordinary people live and die. At least a 3.6
Debbie
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting allegory of the twentieth century of the state of Yugoslavia and it's secession states.
Lorna McCluskey
Sep 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Certainly different to other books I've read. The story goes backward in time. Not always the most livable of characters but very real.
A book to savour.
Received copy free through Goodreads Giveaways.
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Miljenko Jergović is a Bosnian prose writer. Jergović currently lives and works in Zagreb, Croatia.

Jergović has established himself as a writer in both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia, and his stories and novels have been translated into more than 20 languages. Critics have acclaimed his capability to turn every topic into a story without changing it at all, hence preserving its internal logic.
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“Не е възможно да я бе обичал през всичките тия двайсет години. По-скоро някакво безумно твърдоглавие му пречеше да се вслуша в собственото си сърце, освен ако и то не беше толкова инатливо и глупаво, че да превръща в чувство всичко, което нямаше нищо общо с чувствата.” 1 likes
“В ония години хората с лек сън бяха рядкост. Заспиваха кой където свари и спяха дълбоко и без страх от събуждането. И безсънието е измишльотина на двадесетия век и на модерното време, в което се живее по-лесно, тялото не се мъчи и изразходва, а на душата става все по-тежко и никога не се наспива на воля.” 0 likes
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