Seductive Exacting Realism

Seductive Exacting Realism

Edited by Irena Haiduk and Solveig Øvstebø

Distributed for Sternberg Press




A 13-volume set of Marcel Proust's collected works was published in Yugoslavia in 1967. This edition, in the Latin alphabet, was highly valued by Yugoslav intelligentsia for its elegant translation from French by the poet Tin Ujević. During the Bosnian civil war, these Proust sets fetched up to the equivalent of a full year's salary in the Belgrade black markets. They were frequently looted together with other valuables from Bosnian homes. The set exhibited in Irena Haiduk's “Seductive Exacting Realism” was seized by local police from Belgrade Kalenić Market in 1995. It was acquired at a public auction in 2014. It is missing volume number 12.

Published on the occasion of Irena Haiduk, “Seductive Exacting Realism”—a two-part project that was presented as parallel exhibitions at the Renaissance Society and the 14th Istanbul Biennial—this volume features contributions by Ivo Andrić, Hannah Feldman, Irena Haiduk, Monika Szewczyk, Marina Vishmidt, and Solveig Øvstebø.

Copublished with Renaissance Society

ContributorsIvo Andrić, Hannah Feldman, Irena Haiduk, Monika Szewczyk, Marina Vishmidt, Solveig Øvstebø


Out of Print ISBN: 9783956792694 168 pp. | 4.75 in x 7.5 in 19 b&w illus.

Not for sale in Europe or the UK.


Irena Haiduk

Solveig Øvstebø