Tuesday, July 4, 2017


"Yugo-nostalgia" is a great word to describe Bistra's World in the last decades of her life. Here is an excerpt from one of her stories:

"She stood in the heat or freezing cold, squeezed and pushed around by bodies of spectators, gawking, waiting for the President to show up. For other people, this was an entertainment or a duty, but for Bistra, it was something holy. A communist pilgrimage to see the man who avenged the death of her father killed by Nazis. A man who gave her free education and created this beautiful country, the best country in the whole world.

Somehow, Tito’s limo never took the route she was on, leaving her bitter as if someone had robbed her from her rightful entitlement."

(From "Threads", an upcoming novel in stories by Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki)

Greats historical photographs of Tito can be found on Getty Images: