"The memoir’s most satisfying aspect is the artful way the author seamlessly combines the general and the particular, making her own life a microcosm of universally relevant human dramas."
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published in 2015/'16 – revised in 2018
Excerpts from Socialism v. Santa, Yugoslav memories
Introduction to SvS Celebrity No. 1 & Sljivovica!
A portrait of a time, and a gallery of engaging characters, stories, a system pervading their lives – told with a chuckle and a heart.
Also an era and locale comes alive through senses: taste and smell of food, the rhythm of songs, humor.
Life under the socialist system, but also – traveling, studying abroad, different cultures, learning – a lifelong process.
In the US developing as a visual artist and an author.
Socialism v. Santa – rich content, intimate and universal through photos and drawings.
San Francisco . . . 'mind–blowing!'
A glimpse of the main celebrity in the country, Marshal Tito, while visiting a Zagreb Trade Fair in the early sixties:
"Working for the De La Rue company from Great Britain, exhibiting their money-counting machines, we were honored by Marshal Tito and his wife, Jovanka Broz‘ visit to our site. When Tito watching the machine’s cylinders rifle through a wad of bills remarked, he had no need of that machine, he could count his money himself – everybody present laughed and relaxed. I imagine, as president he probably never had to handle money at all."
From Socialism v. Santa, © 2015/16