Sasa Ilic

Sasa Ilic

Geboren 1972 in Jagodina. 2005 Gast des Literarischen Colloquiums Berlin, noch im selben Jahr erschien der Roman “Berliner Fenster” (Berlinsko okno, Belgrad, Fabrika knjiga 2005); 2000 der Prosaband “Vorahnung des Bürgerkrieges”. Hrsg. der Anthologie “Hündisches Jahrhundert” (zeitgenöss. serb. Prosa). Mitgründer und Redakteur des Literaturmagazins BETON. Sasa Ilic lebt in Belgrad.


Der Columbia-Fall

Roman. 227 S. Fabrika knjiga. Beograd 2010.

Die Geschichte einer Familie im Malstrom der Geschichte. Während ihr Vater im Koma liegt, stößt Irena auf seine Geheimdienstverstrickungen im Belgrad der 80er Jahre und die serbische Geheimpolizei plant das Attentat auf Premierminister Zoran Djindic.

Der Columbia-Fall basiert auf Fakten. Als Gegenreaktion auf Djindics Operation „der Zeuge“ zur Aufdeckung von Kriegsverbrechen im Februar 2003 rief der Miloševic-Clan die Aktion „Radiergummi“ ins Leben. Mitte März war Djindjic tot.


Upon hearing the news that an accident has happened to her father, Berkeley doctoral student Irena Berat returns to her hometown of Belgrade a few days after the crash of the space shuttle „Columbia“. A quest for her father’s identity, as well as her own, begins and a painful confrontation with her family´s traumatic past. Searching for facts about her father’s accident, Irena slowly uncovers his secret life. In 1988, as an editor for the city committee of the Communist Party of Belgrade, he started as an unsigned contributor for the daily newspaper Politika, editing the nationalist column.

The story about Irena Berat encompasses the period from Feburary 4 until March 14, 2003, from her arrival to Belgrade until her plane’s takeoff back to Frankfurt. The story about her father Vladimir takes place on only two days of his life, November 18-19, 1988, when a huge meeting was held in Belgrade at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers, the moment when Slobodan Miloševic’s political career began. The third story follows three assassins from the Serbian secret police who, engaged to destroy witnesses and documents that could be used in war crimes trials at the Hague Tribunal, and, in the end, to carry out the assassination of Prime Minister Djindjic. The novel´s three parallel narratives eventually meet up at the most dramatic moment of contemporary Serbian history: The assassination of Serbia’s first democratic Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic on March 12, 2003.

The Crash of the Columbia is based on historical documents, witness accounts, and the reconstruction of media related to the rise of Slobodan Miloševic in 1988 and the murder of Zoran Djindjic in 2003. It is a story about one family in the maelstrom of history that became the target of the secret police, whose claws still reach deep into the tissue of the intimate, social, and political life of present-day Serbia.


Sasa Ilic: Der Columbia-Fall. Roman.
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