Sodobnost’s editor, Tone Peršak, criticizes the arguments, repeatedly utilized in Slovene literary circles, that relate up to date tradition’s relevance to the previous: ‘Tradition doesn’t and shouldn’t have the identical position because it did up till 1991,’ the yr of Slovenia’s independence, he writes. Its nation-building position ought to be and is being surpassed an increasing number of, notes the editor, as a result of elevated manufacturing of style literature coping with world themes equivalent to local weather fiction. In leaving nation-building behind, up to date Slovene literature is going through as much as the truth that nothing stays the identical: ‘On the planet by which we dwell, no story, character and even writer of literary works will be thought-about in the identical approach they have been a long time in the past.’
The presence of Slovenes in Trieste will be perceived in numerous methods. Some representatives of the town’s Italian authorities, who acknowledge these inhabitants as an ethnic minority, promote ‘integration’. However ‘can the thought of integration be appropriate if Slovenes have at all times been a part of the town’s cloth?’ asks Bogomila Kravos. As soon as labelled as outdoors the principle neighborhood, it’s simpler for the authorities to equate Trieste’s Slovenes with immigrants. Kravos describes the historical past of Slovenes in Italy, suggesting that those that laid the foundations for financial and cultural independence within the nineteenth century enabled a flourishing financial system in the beginning of the 20 th century and have been brazenly persecuted after the First World Warfare, all of which ought to remind us of the undisputable presence of Slovenes within the metropolis. For if ‘state borders transfer, area doesn’t’.
A contact of poetry
Jelka Ciglenečki, a Goga Publishing Home editor, discusses e-book publishing in Slovenia throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. ‘Contact hunger’, the place contact ‘turned harmful, discourteous, immoral’, led Slovenes to seek for closeness by means of social networks, video calls and, final however not least, artwork. ‘The epidemic didn’t kill the e-book,’ writes Ciglenečki. Moderately the pandemic has pressured it and publishing to change into extra agile and inventive each in content material and type. Writers’ efforts haven’t gone unnoticed: Slovene readers have shaped a compassionate neighborhood that’s maintaining books alive throughout the disaster.
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