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Croatia : travels in undiscovered country
Fabijančić, Tony, 1966-
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Edmonton : University of Alberta Press, [2003]

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xxi, 186 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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DR1517 .F33 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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In his travels through Croatia, Tony Fabijancic saw a world of peasants, shepherds and fishermen irrevocably giving way to the new reality of a modern European state. With a deft and sure touch, he records moments that capture the lingering spirit of the old world even as the former fabric of this place is unravelling forever. The author's profound familiarity with the "extraordinary regionality" of Croatia leads to memorable images of the country, and to sketches and unhurried ruminations on its people, its landscapes, kitchens, cities, and coastlines.

Author Notes

Tony Fabijancic was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta. From an early age he accompanied his father to Croatia where he experienced the lives of its peasants firsthand. He is Associate Professor of Contemporary Literature at the Sir Wilfred Grenfell College campus of Memorial University in Newfoundland. He lives in Corner Brook with his wife and two children.

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Library Journal Review

Contrary to what the subtitle suggests, Croatia is not an "undiscovered" country-at least not in Europe. Its pebbly beaches, bare mountains, and idyllic islands have been attracting Central and Eastern Europeans for decades (even when it was part of the humanely Communist former Yugoslavia). Today, as Croatia transitions toward American-style capitalism and slowly abandons "the old ways," tourists from this side of the Atlantic are starting to take note. Canadian-born Fabijancic (contemporary literature, Memorial Univ., Newfoundland) regrets the disappearance of the "old Croatia." In this very honest and romantic portrayal of his father's homeland, comprising a series of essays devoted to its various regions, Fabijancic tries to capture what is left of rural Croatia, drawing special attention to the peasants in the north and the fishermen in the south, and the little-known baroque towns as well as well-known tourist spots like Dubrovnik. While only partially representing the Croatian way of life, which these days is increasingly urbanized and computerized, these personal (but never biased) essays fully encapsulate the country's essence. Fabijancic gets extra credit for not letting the much-written-about politics interfere and ruin the narrative's delicate flow. A nice supplement to the many existing travel guides to Croatia (e.g., Rough Guides, Lonely Planet, and DK), which do a decent job of covering the country's city life and cultural treasures.-Mirela Roncevic, "Library Journal" (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. XI
Acknowledgementsp. XV
A Note on the Textp. XVII
Introductionp. XIX
1 Pag: Bower of Bonep. 1
2 Zagreb: The Transformed Cityp. 11
3 Prigorje: The Good Airp. 25
4 Zagorje: Of Heartlands and Hagiographyp. 59
5 Slavonia, Posavina: Return of the Storksp. 71
6 The Kvarner Islands: Krk, Rabp. 85
7 Povljana: The Sea Starsp. 99
8 Dalmatia: Black Vulture, Old Wandererp. 109
9 Dalmatian Islands: Hvar, Brac, Korculap. 119
10 Dubrovnik: The Mad Musep. 133
11 Krajina/Herzegovina: The Zonesp. 143
12 Istria: The Gentle Climatep. 157
Conclusionp. 169
Notesp. 173
Bibliographyp. 179
Indexp. 181