The literary generation which first appeared upon the literary scene during the 1980s and which was born mainly between 1955 and 1969, chose this small fragment of a big story as, it seems, a harbinger of a literary period in which there was a departure from the big historical picture, in which heroes were replaced by everyman, the nation by the local community and ideas by intimate stories. The generations that followed […] did not establish themselves as generations, did not publish together and only found themselves together for the odd anthology aimed at the “foreign market”. The reason for this is simple: the new generations did not need any manifestoes, as the predecessors mentioned above had ensured that they had “formal and legal” independence from previous literary generations.
After the highly effective, but ephemeral post-modernist boom, no new literary direction was created, even though theorists tried very hard to identify the common distinguishing features of the “newcomers”. After the big -isms, the least harmful and reducible classification for them seemed “minimalist intimism”, while their common denominator was description of the non-fatal, perpetuated, weary existence of everyman in his everyday incapacity. However, 16 chosen stories in this book alone clearly show that minimalism is only one aspect of a much more complex picture and the ways of describing intimate lives too different for us to be able to unify them.
From the afterword by Petra Vidali
Edited by: Lela B. Njatin
Selected by: Damijan Šinigoj, Lenart Zajc
Afterword: Petra Vidali
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