Maps have caused a lot of trouble since the last ice age ended.
I bought these two in a Zagreb bookstore in November 1993:
Does anyone see anything funny, odd, strange, about the covers,
aside from the very notion of an "ethnic" map?
Here is a clue:
Esteemed reviewers say:
"Paris had its Balzac and Zola, Dublin, its Joyce, Croatia, its Krleža ... one of the most accomplished, profound authors in European literature ..."
"The Croatian Miroslav Krleža is among the most neglected of the world's great writers ..."
And one might say, being brief, that the 1991 census Ethnic Map caused the horror-wars of Yugoslavia's dissolution.
Q:mWhy must the name of this giant of Yugoslav letters and resistance be splattered across the head of the blood-splattered map?
It seems a spiritual insult piled upon immeasurable injury.
A:mBut, alas, it turns out that the esteemed Mr Krleža not only gave his name to the Lexicographical Institute, but was its founder, in 1950.
"The Irish have good songs," Hazim shrugged ...
Here is the complete 1991 Ethnic Map in a high resolution file for easy weeping.
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