When Edo Popović’s fictional debut, “Midnight Boogie,” appeared in 1987 it immediately gained the status of cult fiction. And really the book, fascinating in many regards, can still today be read as a literal manifesto of the sensibility of the urban population of the day which grew up on rock’n’roll, American Beat literature, road films and above all an utter lack of any interest in “succeeding in life” in a world of everyday hypocrisy, first in the milieu of the decaying “values” of “socialism with a human face” and then in the none more promising transition in Croatian regions additionally garnished with the traumatic war and post-war experience. ...more

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