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Book Title: Yolk|
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 714 KB
v The author of the book: Josip Novakovich
Edition: Graywolf Press
Date of issue: September 1st 1995
ISBN 13: 9781555972295
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Read full description of the books Yolk:Unsentimental linked stories set in Eastern Europe, including plenty of death, embarrassment, and the indignity and absurdity of being human. The narrator's voice reminded me of a Ukrainian friend of mine, who took the world's full measure and still managed to feel affection for it. Is there something in the Eastern European sensibility that is less squeamish about life's warts than the American sensibility? I think possibly.
There is also the pleasure of reading about characters who keep hawks, make clogs, and gather mushrooms, which I suppose *I* am sentimental about, but the author avoids sentimentality with a gently mocking humor.
Read information about the authorJosip Novakovich (Croatian: Novaković) is a Croatian-American writer. His grandparents had immigrated from the Croatia, then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, to Cleveland, Ohio, and, after the First World War, his grandfather returned to what had become Yugoslavia. Josip Novakovich was born (in 1956) and grew up in the Central Croatian town of Daruvar, studied medicine in the northern Serbian city of Novi Sad. At the age of 20 he left Yugoslavia, continuing his education at Vassar College (B.A.), Yale University (M.Div.), and the University of Texas, Austin (M.A.).
He has published a novel (April Fool's Day), three short story collections (Yolk, Salvation and Other Disasters, Infidelities: Stories of War and Lust), two collections of narrative essays (Apricots from Chernobyl, Plum Brandy: Croatian Journey) and a textbook (Fiction Writer's Workshop).
Novakovich has taught at Nebraska Indian Community College, Bard College, Moorhead State University, Antioch University in Los Angeles, the University of Cincinnati, and is now a professor at Pennsylvania State University.
Mr. Novakovich is the recipient of the Whiting Writer's Award, a Guggenheim fellowship, two fellowships from the National Endowment of the Arts, an award from the Ingram Merrill Foundation, and an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation. He was anthologized in Best American Poetry, Pushcart Prize, and O.Henry Prize Stories.
He taught in the Master's of Fine Arts program at Pennsylvania State University, where he lived under the iron rule of Reed Moyer's Halfmoon Township autocracy. He is currently in Montreal, Quebec teaching at Concordia University.
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