Posts Tagged ‘Wojciech Tochman’

Pue’s Recommendations for June

8 June 2009

Pue’s Recommendations is a (mostly biased) monthly list of things worth reading, watching, listening to and attending, put together by the editors of Pue’s Occurrences. If there’s anything you think we’ve missed out on, or anything you think isn’t worth the mention, feel free to leave us a comment.

Helvetica Frankfurt

Juliana Adelman

I have belatedly discovered the brilliant documentary, Helvetica, released two years ago to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the font.  I had no idea so many people took font so seriously.  I’m also reading the free online journal Antennae.  Somewhat esoteric, but definitely thought-provoking, the current issue deals with mechanical animals including attempts to build some of Leonardo Da Vinci’s machines.

Lisa-Marie Griffith

The theme of this year’s Dublin Writers Festival is ‘The power of the word’. This opportunity to get up close and personal with some of your favourite writers and to discover the new talent emerging on the literary scene.  Arthur Miller’s ‘All My Sons’ plays until 12 June at the Gate and is well worth going to see and Dublin Shakespeare Festival 8-14 June.

Kevin O’Sullivan

My book to read this month is Wojciech Tochman’s excellent Like Eating a Stone: Surviving the Past in Bosnia (2009) (see my review here). In other media, I’m a late convert (via podcast) to Melvyn Bragg’s ‘In Our Time’ on BBC Radio 4, and had a sneak preview of the first programme (on Laos) in RTÉ1’s ‘What in the World?’ TV series, which starts on 11 June: moving stuff.

‘As if you were eating a stone’

27 May 2009

By Kevin O’Sullivan

Wojciech Tochman, Like Eating a Stone: Surviving the Past in Bosnia (London: Portobello Books, 2009. Pp 175. £7.99 paperback).

Wojciech Tochman, Like Eating A Stone

B – That means the clothes have a matching set of bones, a skull and teeth. There is an entire Body. BP – There is no complete set, but there are some bones. Body Parts. – Clothing only, maybe some objects (Artefacts). No bones.’

I once asked students in a European history class if they could tell me what had happened in Srebrenica in the 1990s. Blank faces, until one student interrupted to tell me that I was probably thinking of the Second World War. I nearly fell from my chair. With Kosovo celebrating the first anniversary of its declaration of independence (and all its attendant difficulties) this year, Montenegro establishing itself as a state, Croatia continuing its path towards EU membership, and Slovenia cementing its role at the heart of Europe, had today’s generation of students already forgotten what had happened just over a decade earlier, when the Balkans dominated news headlines and images of Muslim men, little more than skin and bone, stared out from behind the fences of Omarska concentration camp into Western living rooms?

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