Apricots from Chernobyl
( Apricots from Chernobyl is a collection of beautifully ...)
Apricots from Chernobyl is a collection of beautifully crafted narratives on life in the former Yugoslavia, and subsequently in America, by widely published author and essayist Josip Novakovich. Exploring topics that include emigration, definition of borders, societal diversity, and the decay of religion, Novakovich's narratives are approachable and engaging. Whether describing his feelings of apprehension upon approaching a boarder, or the difficulties encountered when writing in a second "tongue," Novakovich is fresh, wry, and consistently entertaining. Apricots from Chernobyl offers a candid portrayal of global existence, skillfully blending its sometimes brutal but often ironic and humorous realities.
( Yolk is a reflective and sometimes bizarre collection o...)
Yolk is a reflective and sometimes bizarre collection of stories by Croat writer-in-exile Josip Novakovich. Incorporating themes of unrequited love, obsession, war, faith, displacement, and death rituals, Novakovich's singular style reveals his affection for paradox and absurdity. Set primarily in Eastern Europe, these folktales also display Novakovich's unique social critique and dry wit. But more than the topicality gives the work its weight: the characters in Yolk touch on the universals of human experience-- the sublime as well as the base. The stories carry an odd notion of decay and infirmity, sexual peculiarity, and disturbed characters, all under the guise of a "once upon a time" innocence. Many readers were recently introduced to Novakovich with Graywolf's publication of Apricots from Chernobyl, a collection of spirited narratives that the Hungry Mind Review called "a terrific achievement ... a celebration of life."
Josip A. Novakovich Edit Profile
Bachelor, Vassar College, 1978. Master of Divinity, Yale University, 1983. Master of Arts, University Texas, 1988.
Married Jeanette Novakovich, August 24, 1961. Children: Joseph Raphael, Eve Antonia.