Green has no idea that her stay in Yugoslavia will ultimately take her beyond national borders to the outermost limits of her mind.
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History books have objectively described the former Yugoslavia, but Once Upon a Yugoslavia gives personalized look at the everyday lives of people in pre-1989 Eastern Europe that shows how the experience transformed one young woman's American Dream. Chronicling the sights, sounds, and ups and downs of the everyday Yugoslav existence, Green speaks to both the positive and negative aspects of the contemporary phenomenon known as "Yugo-nostalgia." The pros and cons of the American and Yugoslav societies fly to and fro during Surya's conversations with a host of colorful characters – some of whom she lodges with and travels the countryside with, others of whom she dates. In this strange Big Brotherish country of perplexing language, culture, and customs – which gives Surya an early experience of living a monitored life without privacy in a land where paranoia is contagious – more than once readers will hear her sobbing at night.
Ultimately, the Yugoslav social experiment – its plus points, at least – were to give Surya Green a considerably altered view of the American values with which she was raised. And it is what led to that perspective – a personal transformation that started for her in explosive, memorable, life-changing 1968 in Tito's Yugoslavia, and continues to this day – which makes Once Upon a Yugoslavia such a unique and remarkable book.
From the Trade Paperback edition.