V torek, 29.aprila, ob 18.00, dan pred začetkom MAY DAY SCHOOL 2014: Classes on the periphery, vas vabimo v Staro Mestno Elektrarno na pogovor ob predstavitvi knjige SAMO JEDNOM SE LJUBI: Radiografija SFR Jugoslavije, avtorja Darka Suvina.
Excerpt from the Introduction of: „You Love Only Once. Radiography of SFR Yugoslavia, 1945.-1972.“
“Some books present fresh evidence; others make arguments that urge the reader to see old problems in a new light” (Skocpol xi). Neat books for a good reason rarely mingle both: the task is too large for the talents and energy (time, money) available to a single person, and results in more or less glaring omissions and simplifications, if not outright mistakes. However, in the present book I was forced to combine the pertinent and available evidence with an attempt to see the very significant but rarely treated problem of SFR Yugoslavia as a historical and dialectical, that is contradictory and not predetermined, trajectory. In times of much smug self-satisfaction by the rulers, dialectics spots seeds of probable change and possible reversal. For, my writing was done in the age of a dominant, leaden and smothering, counter-revolutionary pall. Ideologically, it enforces a demeaning of the whole history of the Socialist Federative Republic of Yugoslavia—as I shall for brevity sake call the 1945-89 society in this book (further SFRY)–as not only a botched job, which would be a reasonable (if undialectical) extrapolation backwards from its end, but as even from the very start a misconceived or indeed pernicious enterprise. Yet considering the project of an emancipated Yugoslavia I think of the poet Attilio Bertolucci’s “absence, an acuter presence” (in Sirio), and of the Italian proverb “When the tree has fallen, there is no more shadow”: we are exposed to the full desertifying glare of capitalist desiccation. The book’s premise is thus twofold: first, that a critical overview of salient aspects of SFRY is urgently needed; as Benjamin put it, I write books I’d much like to read but cannot find. Second, that a critical utopian horizon is the proper way to judge alienation and disalienation (concrete dystopia and concrete utopia—and I had been writing about both for more than 50 years). Further, I am one of the few people left who have intimate experience of both the polar discrepancies—that is, of the true novum of revolutionary Yugoslavia and the fake novum of its demise. In the terms of classical historians: I have seen Tacitus’s Founding of the City but am living in Machiavelli’s time, When the Republic Was Lost. Therefore I felt it incumbent upon me to buckle down and attempt this overview.“
Na pogovoru o knjigi o razredih in birokraciji v socialistični Jugoslaviji bodo sodelovali:
Darko Suvin (avtor knjige in profesor na Univerzi McGill);
Boris Buden (Filozof in publicist, Berlin/Zagreb);
Krunoslav Stojaković (Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, Beograd);
Marko Kržan (Filozofska fakulteta Ljubljana, IDS).