Writers & Company

Sibila Petlevski and David Albahari Interviews

​​​​​This week, ​more in ​​o​ur special series, "Re-imagining the Balkans: How the countries of the former Yugoslavia face their past and their future," with​ ​​​Sibila Petlevski and David Albahari​​.​
Sibila Petlevski, left, and David Albahar

​​This week, more in our special series about the Balkans, with Croatian poet and novelist, Sibila Petlevski, and from Serbia, award-winning writer David Albahari.

​The music to close​ the​ ​Interview​:
  Cut #​ ​14​​​​​ : "​Biseri Srbije (Part 2)​​​"​
  Composer:  ​​Anonymous Serbian
  Performer: ​The Boban I Marko Markovic Orkestar​
  Label:  ​​​Piranha CDPIR 1790


​Background to Sibila Petlevski's references:

Ordan Petlevski (Sibila's father)

Ordan Petlevski – (1930-1997), Macedonian-Croatian, Modernist visual artist; work officially registered as  "Croatian national treasure"; represented in collections of the National Museum of Modern Art in Paris, Museums of Modern Arts in New York, Johannesburg, Caracas, etc. 

Painting by Bisica Beretic, inspired by Sibila Petlevski
Bisica Beretic -  Croatian painter, retrospective at Modern Art Museum in Zagreb, including work "inspired by" her daughter Sibila 

Giulio Clovio (Julius Clovius Croatus) – (1498-1578), illuminator, miniaturist and painter born in the Kingdom of Croatia, mostly active in Renaissance Italy; from the village of Sibila's maternal family

Viktor Tausk – (1879-1919), writer, lawyer, psychoanalyst, associate of Sigmund Freud; committed suicide by placing a pistol against his right temple and firing, hanging himself as he fell

Background to David Albahari's references:

Zemun – one of Belgrade's oldest neighborhoods; a separate town until 1934; home to the Jewish community from the 18th century
Belgrade Fairgrounds – site of the Semlin concentration camp established by Nazi Germany in 1941, in the pavilions of the former fairgrounds; between 1941 and 1944, approximately 20,000 Jews (largely women, children and elderly) were interned there.

Gotz and Meyer – two noncommissioned SS officers who were assigned to drive a hermetically sealed truck in which Jews were systematically taken from the Semlin camp and asphyxiated

Map of the Former Yugoslavia