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Adin Ljuca’s One White Day

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  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: February 8, 2018, 19:00 – 21:00

In his new book One White Day, Adin Ljuca chronicles the story of a man who finds himself inadvertently in an extreme situation of war, illness and loss, which the Bosnian writer observes from a perspective bereft of pathos or a veil of melancholy. He composes a sophisticated mosaic from fragments of human fate, telling the intimate story of a man and woman whose wartime experience have left them without any illusions or many of their nearest and dearest.

Following the outbreak of the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina Adin Ljuca was injured in the defence of Maglaj. He has lived in Prague since 1992 and has been a librarian at the Slavic Library for many years. He has published the poetry collection Hegira and Stalactite and the short story collection Tattooed Pictures.

His book One White Day has been translated by leading Balkan Studies expert František Šístek. He will lead a discussion with the author on images and stereotypes of the Balkans, Czech-South Slav relations, nationalism, the refugee phenomenon and literary matters. 

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