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Šake pune oblaka i druge drame
Fists Full of Clouds and Other Plays

Author(s): Lejla Kalamujić
Subject(s): Social Sciences, Language and Literature Studies, Gender Studies, Literary Texts, Studies of Literature, Sociology, Bosnian Literature, Drama
Published by: Durieux
Keywords: Yugoslavia; war; lesbian;transgender; stigma, trauma;
Summary/Abstract: Lejla Kalamujić has won our hearts with her excellent short story collection Call Me Esteban, and with this collection of plays she will keep us under the same strong impression. Fists Full of Clouds and Other Plays include the eponymous play, Let’s Turn off the Light, and She-Cannibal, which has been successfully staged in the Balkans. The plays are related by tackling the contemporary social problems: the stigma of homosexual and transgender people, loneliness of the elderly, and growing up without parents. Cutting deeply into the tissue of society, Kalamujić reveals also the destructive effects of Yugoslavia’s disintegration, whose citizens afterwards lost their sense of belonging. The author approaches her characters with warmth and empathy, offering them the possibility of a different, better future. To the deviations of humaneness Kalamujić responds with hope. Lejla Kalamujić was born in 1980 in Sarajevo, where she graduated in philosophy and sociology. She published two short story collections, Anatomy of a Smile (2008.), and Call Me Esteban (2015). For the latter she won the “Edo Budiša” Award. She was shortlisted for the European Union Prize for Literature in 2016. She also won numerous short story awards.

  • Print-ISBN-13: 978-953-188-491-4
  • Page Count: 160
  • Publication Year: 2020
  • Language: Bosnian