The Green Box

The Green Box

Bogdan Bogdanovic

Belgrade, mon amour: images, encounters, messages by the architect, writer and former mayor of Serbia's capital.

Bogdan Bogdanovic, the illustrious Serbian architect, writer and former mayor of Belgrade, wrote notes and memos to himself for many years. These papers were collected in a washingpowder box covered with dark-green wallpaper. A box that could not be opened – a device intended to protect his thoughts from self-censorship. In 1993 Bogdanovic was driven into exile by Slobodan Milos¡evic´, but his notes, by adventurous and conspiratorial means, survived the war and were finally returned into the hands of their author.

Now Bogdan Bogdanovic reveals the secret of the green box. And we realize, in astonish- ment, that this cheerful melancholic confronted a time of brutality and persecution with »lyrical reflections on birds, cats and stray dogs, casual remarks on absurd everyday details and extensive note-taking on dreams«. Dreams, which Jorge Luis Borges called "our oldest and most complex literary genre", are the central topic of Bogdanovic's book.

"Even in the darkest moments, my humble and fearful soul was never entirely free of the wish for surrealist pranks." (Bogdan Bogdanovic)

The Green Box

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