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Slavenka Drakulićová

Datum narození: 1949

Slavenka Drakulić je chorvatská spisovatelka.

„Myslím si, že hromadná vina neexistuje. Jsou viny jenom individuální. Ale ve smyslu morálním a politickém existuje jakási kolektivní zodpovědnost, ne vina, ale morální a politická zodpovědnost. “

„I realize that I only have words and that, from time to time, as I hold them in my arms I am less lonely.“ How We Survived Communism and Even Laughed

„What do people think of when they talk about their lives? Do they really see them as an integral whole, as a chronological sequence of events; as something logical, purposeful, completed? What moments do they remember, and how do they remember them? As words? As a series of images and sounds? My life crumbles into a series of pictures, unconnected scenes which comes to mind only occassionally and at random. But there are key events, the acts of chance or fate, which later enable me to construct a logical whole of my life. One such moment was meeting Jose. The other was my decision to see our love through to the very end.“ The Taste of a Man

„She wonders what else she will have to give up and what is the minimum of things with which one can survive without losing the feeling that one is human?“ S.

„Europe has another meaning for me. Every time I mention that word, I see the Bosnian family in front of me, living far away from whatever they call home and eating their own wonderful food because that's all that is left for them. The fact remains that after fifty years, it was possible to have another war in Europe; that it was possible to change borders; that genocide is still possible even today.“ Cafe Europa: Life After Communism

„With a practised hand he pulls out a knife and presses it against her throat. Hurry up, he hisses through clenched teeth, hurry up! At that same instant she is again struck by their inability to express themselves in normal sentences; they use only monosyllabic words, as if they have forgotten how to speak. And perhaps they have. Perhaps that happens to people in wartime, words suddenly become superfluous because they can no longer express reality. Reality escapes the words we know, and we simply lack new words to encapsulate this new experience.“ S.

„Žene klimaju glavom, svaka ima nekoliko djece. Jedan dječak ih sluša i kaže: - Kad budem velik, ja ću ubijati Srbe ovako - podiže ruke i cilja kao da puca na nekoga ih velike blizine. Odrasli šute. S. zna da je dječak vidio kako su mu vojnici ubili starijeg brata, baš tako. Toj maloj ruci nedostaje samo oružje, sve je drugo već tu. Svejedno je u koju će zemlju otputovati, ovaj će dječak jednog dana izvršiti svoju namjeru. S. izlazi iz sobe i diše, zrak je oštar poput noža. Jedna je generacija iz te sobe već završila svoj život i svela ga na uspomene. Druga će rasti sa željom da se osveti. Kao da su oni već živi mrtvaci, misli S. Iznenada u ustima osjeća gorčinu.“ S.

„A ipak, trebao mi je čitav život da shvatim kako svi ljudi nisu jednaki i kako čine samo ono što mogu, da daju samo koliko imaju - i da je to dragocjeno.“ Frida's Bed

„How is a woman to tell the story of her life and not stumble upon men?“ How We Survived Communism and Even Laughed

„That evening, in her apartment, still in Warsaw, Ana takes down a book from her shelf – a rather thick, ordinary paperback. It looks old, because it's worn out and somehow shabby. But it's not ordinary. I can tell by the way she handles it so carefully, like something unique. 'This is the book I told you about,' she says, holding out the Anthology of Feminist Texts, a collection of early American feminist essays, 'the only feminist book translated into the Polish language,' the only such book to turn to when you are sick and tired of reading about man-eater/man-killer feminists from the West, I think, looking at it, imagining how many women have read this one copy. 'Sometimes I feel like I live on Jupiter, among Jupiterians, and then one day, quite by chance, I discover that I belong to another species. And I discover it in this book. Isn't that wonderful.“ How We Survived Communism and Even Laughed

„Na koncu konca, što je ljubav? Sad mi se čini da je to tek riječ za čitav niz osjećaja, od nježnosti do solidarnosti i strasti. Jer ne treba zaboraviti da je jezik neprecizan instrument, za razliku od slikarstva ili muzike. Ljubav je zajednički nazivnik, obična košara u koju čovjek trpa svašta. Svaštara, dakle.“ Frida's Bed

„Here, in the camp, she could tell any old story, these people would have no choice but to believe her. That is not to say that refugee women like her lie, merely that they are uprooted. Their stories barely mean anything even to themselves now. No one listens to them, which is almost like not existing at all.“ S.

„During those few days and nights, pain had moved into S. as if into its own house. She felt occupied. A previously unknown illness had entered her and was now eating away at her. S. could not imagine that a man's body could do such damage to a woman, that it was so powerful, so unfairly overpowering that a woman had no defence against such force.“ S.

„Bio si moja opsesija, moja fiksacija. tvoje je ime za mene bio sinonim za sreću.
I što je najgore, vjerovala sam čvrsto da imam pravo na tebe, na ljubav, na život. Ne, čovjek nema nikakva prava niti garancije, ni za što. On postoji, koprca se, manje ili više je usamljen, i to je sve.“
Frida's Bed

„Look now,' Vesna's mother continued, 'what do you know, a civil war might break out any minute: Serbs would fight with Croats, Czechs would fight with Slovaks, Hungarians would fight with Jews. how can you be sure of anything?'

'But, Mother, if this happens, then it will such big trouble that nobody would think about a shortage of pantyhose,' protested Vesna.

'You'd be surprised, my dear, to know that people have to live and survive during wars, too. Besides, how do you think we survived communism?“
How We Survived Communism and Even Laughed

„Uvijek zamišljamo da ćemo bliskim osobama sve stići reći i objasniti, pokazati kako ih razumijemo i volimo. Iznenadna smrt nepravedna je i za onog koji ostaje.“ Frida's Bed

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