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Return to Book Page. Dragoslav Mihailovic rodjen je Dobitnik je desetak knjizevnih nagrada i prevodjen je na vecinu evropskih jezika. Redovan je clan Srpske akademije nauka i umetnosti. Zivi u Beogradu kao profesionalni pisac. Roman "Kad su cvetale" tikve preveden je na trinaest jezika. Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. Published by IKP Inicijal first published More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
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Pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, pumpkin milkshakes. I get inundated with images of pumpkins each fall season. Recently, the book When Pumpkins Blossomed appeared on a friend's feed.
As often is the case with me, I was intrigued by the title. There is one English edition available of this Serbian novella, and my state library system happened to have a copy, so I took advantage of this service. Ljuban Stetenovich is the middle child of Varna and Milhenka growing up in the town on Dusanovic. Like most t Pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, pumpkin milkshakes. Like most teens growing up when Yugoslavia was part of the communist bloc, he equally feared being drafted into the army and workers unions.
Ljuban saw his older brother Vlada and his father thrown in jail for speaking out and decided that he would never join a union for fear of imprisonment and losing his job. Instead, he ran with groups of friends through the streets of Dusanovic, going to bars, meeting a lot of girls, having a good time.
He eventually turned to boxing and earned the nickname Champion. Eventually, Ljuban is drafted into the army. At this point he has already earned the reputation as a top boxer in Yugoslavia, winning most of the matches he is entered into. Units throughout the nation vie for his services, and eventually he is stationed in Nis. While boxing his way through his time in the service, Ljuban finds out that his sister Dusica is raped by Stole the Apache, a gang leader back in Dusanovic.
He loss of an only daughter devastates both of his parents, and Ljuban attempts to be a dutiful son and offer his comfort during this tragic time, all while still in the army. Ljuban tells this story as the narrator looking back while he has been married for nearly fifteen years, living in Sweden.
Much of the story I fear was lost in translation as most of the prose was in present tense and not flowering. I do not fault the translator but rather laud her as there is not much Serbian literature available in the United States, and I did get a feel for the time and place when this novella occurs.
When Pumpkins Blossomed gets its name for the flowers in the woods outside of Dusanovic where much of the action in the novella occurs. While not the best of reads, I always find it fascinating to learn about other parts of the world. View all 10 comments.
I read it about a month ago for school and I forgot to add it to the shelf "read". Clearly an one sitting reading, this book whose title is translated in English as "When pumpkins blossomed", starts when a 38 year old Serb man who lives in Sweden with his Swedish wife and a kid from her previous marriage, brings in his mind all these events from his life since he was a small kid till the present, which actually led him leave his country and become an immigrant.
This recollection of the past is given through a nostalgic point of view and in the beginning is highlighted by the c Clearly an one sitting reading, this book whose title is translated in English as "When pumpkins blossomed", starts when a 38 year old Serb man who lives in Sweden with his Swedish wife and a kid from her previous marriage, brings in his mind all these events from his life since he was a small kid till the present, which actually led him leave his country and become an immigrant.
This recollection of the past is given through a nostalgic point of view and in the beginning is highlighted by the cultural differences of these countries and the huge temperamental chaos between Balkan and Nordic people. As his memory is unfolding back he finds himself as a kid living with his family in Belgrade of 40's, in the end of WWII, his friendships, his first steps chasing girls etc. Later as a teen in Tito's years, when his talent in boxing is clearly shown to all and finally becomes a champion, while the same time his father's and brother's difference in ideology with the new order of things in politics of Yugoslavia after Tito's secession from Stalin's communism, brings them to predicament, with the consequences being more than obvious for his family but also in personal level to him and his sport career, although the fact he keeps an apolitical attitude.
The end cannot be nothing else than a family and personal the same time tragedy.. It is written in absolutely everyday language, which although the book published at 60's sounds really fresh and gives a very convincing character to the plot. It may be considered as a coming of age story, with really cult points, If not entire cult, but what I liked a lot is despite its short size, includes many layers, there is historical element, political and social background, a love, a revenge, and although it very raw and cynic at times, the same time leaves a melancholic taste to reader.
All in all, I think I liked it a lot, not a masterpiece, but a very interesting and deeply realistic story, which in the eyes of any western person, will seem like something unbelievable and unreal very distant from their reality, while to a Balkan will sound so familiar. When I was reading it, I was thinking that it's a kind of story which an old neighbor could easily tell me one day and talk about it. Glad I read it. Wish or curse? About 20 something years after this book was published, a civil war destroyed Yugoslavia..
View all 7 comments. A really easy read regarding the style; a story of violence and sadness, that is especially moving toward the end when the reader realizes the protagonist's tragic urge to go back to his country knowing that he cannot really go there anymore. The irony of a double citizenship when he is not really a Swede, but still a Yugoslav at heart, but unable to go back to Yugoslavia.
View 1 comment. Feb 05, Dalibor rated it it was amazing. Amazing story, story that could only happen in Serbia. The story is very emotional, it brought laughter and tears to me as I was reading it.
It's very detailed; the use of everyday's language brings the sense of the story as it happened not long ago. The beginning is the end, and the end is the beginning.
Aug 14, Branko rated it it was amazing. Classic of modern Serbian literature. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Readers also enjoyed.
He graduated in Yugoslav literature from the University of Belgrade in and is a member of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts since In he was arrested and imprisoned during two years, most notably at Goli otok. He currently lives in Belgrade, Serbia. As dedicated readers already know, some of the best and most innovative stories on the shelves come from the constantly evolving realm of young ad Read more Trivia About Kad su cvetale tikve.
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