When there's no-one there

Tamara Djermanovic, Belgrade

Professor of Humanities at the University of Barcelona, the city where she's been living since 1991, the year when the decomposition of her country, the former Yugoslavia, began.

(Submitted by the author)

They say that we Slavs, like the Russians and Serbs, not only know how to live, but also how to survive. But beyond the clichés, I would say that the true art of living lies in knowing how to give, and how to give of oneself. And not only when there are other people around, but also when there’s no-one there.

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