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Do the Balkans still have, as Churchill suggested, “more history than they can stomach”? Are they still the “European Orient”, or a noble buffer zone? What is the condition of literatures of Balkan “smaller languages” and wherein lie their hopes? Or perhaps the old Balkans are no longer there, while its nations are merely stronger or weaker narratives? These are among the leading questions posed in the 30th issue of “Herito” quarterly.

The Balkan region, as a cultural and historical palimpsest, is discussed by Robert Alagjozovski, the former minister of culture of Macedonia. Olimpia Dragouni analyses the history of Greek-Macedonian relations, Ivan Čolović examines the Balkan-related discourse, Rigels Halili tries to answer the question about the identity of present-day Albanians, Ewa Wróblewska-Trochimiuk investigates visualisations of Balkan trauma in contemporary art, Arian Leka considers why Albanian literature is becoming invisible, while Viktorija Aladžić describes the history of one of the most beautiful synagogues of Austria-Hungary in the Serbian city of Subotica.

Of special interest is Małgorzata Rejmer’s reportage about different faces of Tirana. Painful memories of the Balkans are discussed by Aleksandra Wojtaszek, who examines Kosovo’s Pristina and Mitrovica. The issue features also Ziemowit Szczerek’s account of his journey to Novi Pazar in Sandžak – a geographical and historical region bordering Serbia and Montenegro.

The new issue closes with an extensive excerpt from “Black Lamb and Grey Falcon” by Rebecca West (1892-1983) – an acclaimed British writer and journalist, described as „the best journalist in the world”, whose works have not been published in Polish before.

    • 1
      Editorial

    • 4
      Worth a Look

  • The Balkans Transformed
    • 12
      Making strides

      Z Robertem Alagjozovskim rozmawia Łukasz Galusek

    • 24
      A refashioned border. Between Greece and Macedonia

      Olimpia Dragouni

    • 46
      Balkanist discourse. What is it exactly?

      Ivan Čolović

    • 64
      Three Albanian discussions

      Rigels Halili

    • 78
      An autonomous province

      Arian Leka

    • 92
      Not fully past. Visualising Yugoslav spectres

      Ewa Wróblewska‑Trochimiuk

  • Ideas in Practice
    • 102
      When a Dream Comes True – the Synagogue in Subotica (Szabadka)

      Viktorija Aladžić

  • By Myself
    • 114
      Enclaves. A tale of two kosovian cities

      Aleksandra Wojtaszek

    • 128
      Sandžak, or the Balkans of old, is gone

      Ziemowit Szczerek

    • 138
      The faces of Tirana

      Małgorzata Rejmer

    • 154
      Šuto Orizari: Invisible Border

      Anna Łyszcz

    • 166
      Rebecca in Bosnia

      Wojciech Stanisławski

    • 174
      Trebinye

      Rebecca West

    • 194
      Worth a Thought