These eight stories deal with ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances, war and its aftershocks prominent among them, where the reality is often much more surreal than fiction.
“In Yesterday’s People, Goran Simic looks at war, and its aftermath, from the ground level. His characters are everyday people who rarely seek to understand, and have no power to influence, the larger forces that have trapped them, either in the war-torn present or long after the war has ended and they have moved halfway around the globe; they’re too busy trying to make sense of their own shattered lives.”—Three Percent, University of Rochester
“Simic successfully composes epitaph and testimony to a people and a place that the newspapers indeed forgot with the start of a new war elsewhere. His writing is a living bridge negotiating the shadow between now and then, here and there, the experience of war and its expression.”—Good Reports
“…[Goran Simic] recalls figures such as Isaac Babel and Vladimir Mayakovsky, who suffered through similar disillusionments and produced works that went beyond historical documentary, leaving works of art that are as frightening as they are compelling…”—The Globe and Mail
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