W poszukiwaniu straconego czasu. Smaki i zapachy dzieciństwa według Pavao Pavličicia
In search of the time lost. Tastes and smells of childhood by Pavao Pavličić
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Nostalgia for the past became apopular phenomenon after the break-up of Yugoslavia. It left a significant mark on the modern Croatian, Bosnian and Serbian autobiographical prose. In literary returns to childhood and adolescence the reader’s attention is attracted by writers’ affection to specific places, material things, family memorabilia, photographs, albums. This is the nature of the works of Croatian writer Pavao Pavličić who in his texts reconstructs the past and the world destroyed by war. This is the way the return to his home town Vukovar is possible — to Vukovar which exists only in the memory of the author. Vukovar has become aspatial theme in Pavličić’s works which connects the books like Dunav, Šapudl, Kruh imast, Vodič po Vukovaru and Kako preživjeti mladost in aseries known as the Vukovar series. Also the smells and tastes became for Pavličić an inspiration for anostalgic journey into the past. Their descriptions can be found in all parts of the series, but they are most important in the book Kruh imast, which in terms of content and construction resembles arestaurant menu. It is not just the writer’s family menu, but it may represent the entire city and indeed the second Yugoslavia. Thanks to descriptions of smells and tastes most personal experiences are back. These sensory impressions enabled the writer to find his place in the world and to redefine his identity.
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