Yugoslavia as the crossing of the roads

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In the following essay we will present Yugoslavia through what we believe is its main aspect: being the crossing of the roads. This term could be interpreted in many ways and this is exactly the reason why we have chosen to define Yugoslavia


Srdjan Dragojevic in "Pretty Village, Pretty Flame" (1997) gives us a perfect example of the results of such a diversity within a conflict. Milan the Serbian and Halil the Bosnian are childhood best friends. Nothing could separate them. Nothing except the Bosnian war. The two soldiers will become mortal enemies as each one will fight for one side in the split country. Moreover, the most interesting part of the movie which emphasizes our argument of Yugoslavia as being the crossing of the roads, is the construction of a tunnel between Belgrade (today's Serbian capital) and Zagreb in the early 1970s. The tunnel ironically called the tunnel of Brotherhood and Unity was never finished and it takes an important role in the film as it would become the hiding place for Milan and his faction. Dragojevic through the tunnel presents an interesting point of view: the factors which used to bring the different ethnicities of former Yugoslavia are now the very reasons why they are fighting one against the other. Each of them crossed the road but they are not following their path, they are dangerously heading towards one another.Aleksandar Tisma in his novel "The Book of Blam" presents u with another aspect of our argument. ...
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