Seductive Exacting Realism by Marcel Proust 12, 2016

A 13-volume set of Marcel Proust’s collected works was published in Yugoslavia in 1967. This edition, in the Latin alphabet, was highly valued by Yugoslav intelligentsia for its elegant translation from French by the poet Tin Ujević. During the Bosnian civil war, these Proust sets fetched up to the equivalent of a full year’s salary in the Belgrade black markets. They were frequently looted together with other valuables from Bosnian homes. The set exhibited at the Renaissance Society was seized by local police from Belgrade Kalenić Market in 1995. It was acquired at a public auction in 2014. It is missing volume number 12.  

 

Published by the Renaissance Society and Sternberg Press on the occasion of Irena Haiduk's Seductive Exacting Realism, this imposter volume features contributions by Ivo Andrić, Hannah Feldman, Irena Haiduk, Monika Szewczyk, Marina Vishmidt, and Solveig Øvstebø. Gray cloth hardcover binding, black and white interior, 11.8 x 18.9 cm, 168 pages. Part of the Yugoform.