Crafted Memories

No. 2 - Year 14 - 06/2024

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Editorial

Welcome to the latest issue of [sic], where we continue our tradition of drawing upon multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives to explore the vast and varied landscape of literature, culture, and literary translation....

Literature and Culture
Gaj Tomaš, University of Zagreb, Croatia:

Following the twentieth-century’s spatial turn in literary and cultural studies, this paper examines spaces and spatiality in Don DeLillo’s novel Falling Man, a seminal fictional response to the most traumatic (spatial) event in the USA at the turn of the century. Starting from Robert T. Tally Jr.’s thesis that authors are cartographers, I analyze how DeLillo acts as a mapper of the post-9/11 space. By exploring the depictions of the altered spatial landscape DeLillo creates, and the world he thrusts his characters into, I examine the intricate relationship between space and identity. Ultimately, I argue that the loss of a familiar and dependable space creates unfamiliar spaces the characters struggle to navigate.Keywords: space, spatiality, DeLillo, Falling Man, 9/11, post-9/11 literatureIn the introduction to his 2013 book Spatiality, Robert T. Tally Jr. claims that “over the past few decades, spatiality has become a key concept for literary and critical studies” (3). Exploring the d...

DOI: 10.15291/sic/2.14.lc.4
Literary Translation
Héctor Abad Faciolince and Gordana Matić:

U posljednjoj knjizi koju je objavio prije nego što si je oduzeo život, I sommersi i salvati (Utopljenici i spašeni), Primo Levi razmišlja, ovaj put ne u formi svjedočanstva već eseja, o toj nerješivoj zagonetki zašto neki – u rubnim situacijama kada im prijeti istrebljenje i smrt – imaju čudesnu sreću da izvuku živu glavu dok drugi, možda čak i većina, nesreću da se utope, odnosno, da ih uništi slijepa mržnja i nepravda proizašla iz povijesnih okolnosti, diktatura ili volje za moći.Postavljam si to isto pitanje od 27. lipnja 2023. u 19 sati i 28 minuta, kada je ruski projektil tipa Iskander, visoke preciznosti i natovaren sa šest stotina kilograma eksploziva, eksplodirao nad našim glavama u jednoj pizzeriji u Kramators'ku, na 21,6 kilometara udaljenosti od crte bojišnice između slobodne Ukrajine i Ukrajine koju su okupirali Rusi.U tom paklu koji se srušio s neba s jasnom namjerom da nanese najveću moguću štetu, izazove najveći mogući broj žrtava, najsnažniju bol i patnju, šezdeset lju...

DOI: 10.15291/sic/2.14.lt.5
Literary Translation
Nuala O’Connor and Marina Veverec:

Ljestve poput pupkovine ispadaju iz helikoptera do žene u vodi pod njim, a mi stojimo na rtu, sleđenih srca, širom otvorenih očiju i usta, i dok lopatice helikoptera razjaruju more, žena pada s daske i nestaje pod površinom, i svi uzdišemo kao jedan, a ja, inače nesklona molitvi, padam na koljena, zazivam svetoga Brendana Moreplovca, i svetoga Nikolu Preobratitelja Pirata, i Stellu Maris, blistavu zvijezdu mora, i Mami Wata od Kariba, da je spase, da se smiluju toj prestravljenoj ženi; i svi se ti slani sveci u kovitlacu sjate i nad njom lebde, a mi gledamo, puni strahopoštovanja, kako ta žena kao uznesena njihovim moćima izranja iz valova, rukom hvata prečku konopa i diže se sve više i više dok ne sleti na travu na litici, iznova rođena.Ja sam ta koja je snimila fotografiju princeze i njezinih nožnih prstiju u ustima muškarca koji joj nije muž. Nisam je namjeravala snimiti. Poslali su me da ih pratim, ali uopće nisam htjela biti ondje, ni najmanje. Dan je već bio dug i težak.Naslonila...

DOI: 10.15291/sic/2.14.lt.7
Literature and Culture
Sanghamitra Dalal, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia:

The article will read the biracial Korean American Michelle Zauner’s grief memoir, Crying in H-Mart (2021), which is suffused with raw articulations of agony and despair as it documents Zauner’s cancer-stricken mother’s last days. However, I will focus on how Zauner devotedly undertakes learning to cook and consume her mother’s dishes following her mother’s demise. As the gustatory sensation is induced in its entirety, she not only starts memorializing her mother but also starts learning how to embrace her biracial identity, which has often been a bone of contention between her and her mother. Therefore, evoking David Sutton’s concept of gustemology, which identifies food as a cultural site capable of reimagining the worlds displaced in space and time, I will examine how synesthesia, radiating through the process of creation and recreation of food and memory, could suggestively resuscitate the irrevocable loss, often suffered by migration and displacement, death, and bereavement.

DOI: 10.15291/sic/2.14.lc.1
Literary Translation
Sven Popović and Ema Brkljača, Ivana Gadža, Luka Malnar, Antea Maričić, Petra Meštrović, Gabriela Židov:

The Blue Street owed its name to the sapphire fumes of opium and calm-fruit coming out of the pipes of glass hookahs. The buildings were colourful and winding, and everybody seemed to be high or drunk. Or both. Violence was almost unheard of, as the guilds of thieves kept a close eye on everything, well aware that blood would only draw in the city guard, giving the trade council the reason to jump up on their feet and begin preaching about the decay of civil virtue, of which Silktown, of course, had none. “Does Oak know we’re leaving?”“Only Crow and Blackbird know,” he smirked. “So, it’s only a matter of time when all the crew, together every drunkard in the docks, finds out.” “Don’t you trust our brothers?”“Crow I trust, I trust Blackbird too, but I trust his love for mead more.”“Who taught you to be so vicious?”“Why, you, of course.”“You couldn’t have learned anything nice from me, could you?” Needle looked at her with a hint of gentleness and curiosity. “Only the bad stuff?”“Like wh...

DOI: 10.15291/sic/2.14.lt.6
Literature and Culture
Borka Lekaj Lubina, University of Zagreb, Croatia:

Emancipation narratives in the U.S. feminist literature of the late 1960s and 1970s constructed the female identity in line with the feminist slogan "the personal is political." The heroine, constrained by gender roles in the private sphere, realizes that her personal problems have broader social causes, so she changes her life to create a new self that conflicts with traditional female roles. The emancipation of the protagonist Mira of The Women's Room written by Marilyn French, follows the genre conventions of the feminist Bildungsroman which shows Mira’s journey from a mad housewife to a Harvard graduate. Even though the novel shows that the personal becomes political in the emancipation of the heroine from the constraints of the female private sphere, the novel fails to convey the optimism of broader change in the depiction of Mira’s friends whose lives show that emancipation is a long and difficult journey indeed.Keywords: emancipation narratives, feminist Bildungsroman, The Women...

DOI: 10.15291/sic/2.14.lc.2