Remembrances of Vanished Yugoslavia
This series of books written by Borka Tomljenović evoke memories of an integrated Yugoslavia where she lived between 1917 and 1992, almost the exact period spanning Yugoslavia’s emergence as a country in 1918 and its disintegration in 1992. Since moving to the United States in 1992, Borka Tomljenović published four books. Two books evoke memories of a multi-ethnic and multi-religious Bosnia of her childhood and adolescence: Bosnian counterpoint (1994) and a more comprehensive Remembrances of vanished Yugoslavia Part 1: Bosnia (2015). Neither on earth nor in the sky (1999) is an account of her life in Zagreb between 1941 and 1962 reflecting both the hardships experienced during the World War II and her immersion in the cultural life of this capital of Croatia and in the beauty of the Dalmatian coast. Requiem for Yugoslavia (1996) documents events associated with ethnic antagonisms that led to disintegration of Yugoslavia that started in 1992 as the author, her daughter, and family traveled through Serbia, Montenegro and Dalmatia to end in Zagreb. This book is at once a travelogue providing helpful information on the Byzantine monasteries in Serbia and Renaissance cities along the Dalmatian coast and a regretful farewell to a country that was richer for the cultural diversity of its republics. The pain of disintegration is reflected in letters from friends of different ethnic and religious backgrounds documenting their experience of the war.