SWEEEEET BOOK READING IN PORTLAND, DEC 11TH + MICROCOSM GETS COFFEE!
December 05, 2010 — by Microcosm
The Microcosm Publishing zine store is throwing a book reading for author Andrej Grubacic on December 11th, at 7pm! Grubacic is in town for the Portland Anarchist Bookfair happening on the same day and will be reading selections from his new book on PM Press, Don't Mourn, Balkanize! Essays After Yugoslavia!
From PM Press: “Grubacic is a dissident from the Balkans. A radical historian and sociologist, he is the co-author of Wobblies and Zapatistas and editor of The Staughton Lynd Reader. A fellow traveler of Zapatista-inspired direct action movements, in particular Peoples' Global Action, and a co-founder of Global Balkans Network and Balkan Z Magazine, he is a visiting professor of sociology at the University of San Francisco.”
Also, the Microcosm store now has a full-scale coffee counter courtesy of Currier Coffee Roasters! (http://www.couriercoffeeroasters.com/ ). Coffee is $1.50 for 12 oz cups, or $2 for 20 oz. The beans are ground in a hand-crank press and the coffee is French pressed. Zines and coffee go hand in hand and now folks that come to our readings can have a piping hot beverage just in time for the pre-winter!
Andrej Grubacic reading Don't Mourn, Balkanize! Essays After Yugoslavia!
December 11th, 7pm, free
Microcosm Publishing zine and book store
636 SE 11th
ABOUT DON'T MOURN, BALKANIZE! ESSAYS AFTER YUGOSLAVIA
Don't Mourn, Balkanize! Is the first book
written from the radical left perspective on the topic of Yugoslav
space after the dismantling of the country. In this collection of
essays, commentaries and interviews, written between 2002 and 2010,
Andrej Grubacic speaks about the politics of balkanization—about
the trial of Slobodan Milosevic, the assassination of Prime Minister
Zoran Djindjic, neoliberal structural adjustment, humanitarian
intervention, supervised independence of Kosovo, occupation of
Bosnia, and other episodes of Power which he situates in the long
historical context of colonialism, conquest and intervention.
But he also tells the story of the balkanization of politics, of the Balkans seen from below. A space of bogumils—those medieval heretics who fought against Crusades and churches—and a place of anti-Ottoman resistance; a home to hajduks and klefti, pirates and rebels; a refuge of feminists and socialists, of anti-fascists and partisans; of new social movements of occupied and recovered factories; a place of dreamers of all sorts struggling both against provincial "peninsularity" as well as against occupations, foreign interventions and that process which is now, in a strange inversion of history, often described by that fashionable term, "balkanization."
For Grubacic, political activist and radical sociologist, Yugoslavia was never just a country—it was an idea. Like the Balkans itself, it was a project of inter-ethnic co-existence, a trans-ethnic and pluricultural space of many diverse worlds. Political ideas of inter-ethnic cooperation and mutual aid as we had known them in Yugoslavia were destroyed by the beginning of the 1990s—disappeared in the combined madness of ethno-nationalist hysteria and humanitarian imperialism. This remarkable collection chronicles political experiences of the author who is himself a Yugoslav, a man without a country; but also, as an anarchist, a man without a state. This book is an important reading for those on the Left who are struggling to understand the intertwined legacy of inter-ethnic conflict and inter-ethnic solidarity in contemporary, post-Yugoslav history.
thoughtful essays offer us a vivid picture of the Balkans experience
from the inside, with its richness and complexity, tragedy and hope,
and lessons from which we can all draw inspiration and insight."
—Noam Chomsky, MIT
of Yugoslavia is of global relevance, and there's no one better
placed to reveal, share, and analyse it than Andrej Grubacic. From
the struggle of the Roma to the liberating possibilities of
'federalism from below,' this collection of essays is required and
—Raj Patel, author of Stuffed and Starved
"This book of
essays shows a deep grasp of Yugoslav history and social theory. It
is a groundbreaking book, representing a bold departure from existing
ideas, and an imaginative view to how a just society in the Balkans
might be constructed."
—Howard Zinn, author of A People's History of the United States
think of another work that even tries to accomplish what Andrej
Grubacic has artfully undertaken in this volume. Don't
Mourn, Balkanize! is the
first radical account of Yugoslav history after Yugoslavia, surveying
this complex history with imagination and insight. Grubacic's book
provides essential information and perspective for all those
interested in the recent history of this part of the world."
—Michael Albert, author of Parecon
Grubacic is a rare genuine authority on the recent history and
politics of the Balkans. I have known him for a decade, have followed
and read his work with profit, and corresponded with him on matters
which I found difficult in doing my own writing in this field."
—Edward S. Herman Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
Author: Andrej Grubacic
Introduction by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
Publisher: PM Press
Published: November 2010
Size: 8 by 5
Page count: 272
Subjects: History-Yugoslavia, Politics
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