‘Slavic Misery’: the Instagram account celebrating Eastern European history through departed personalities

'Slavic Misery’: the Instagram account celebrating Eastern European history through departed personalities

20 May 2020
Lead image: Slavic Misery

Instagram account @slavicmisery mixes archive pics, colourful illustrations, and witty captions to celebrate writers, artists, scientists, and revolutionaries from Slovenia, Serbia, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, Slovakia, as well as Bulgaria and Poland.

This caption honouring Yugoslav writer Meša Selimović is just a taste of the deadpan humour that brings the account to life.The man, the damn man. Meša Selimović is one of the greatest writers in the history of writers. [...] If you’ve not read ‘Death the Dervish’ then you really do owe it to yourself to do so. Actually, put this Instagram page down, go and pick the book up, and thank me later. A slow-burner, but then when has art been immediate? Happy birthday Meša, you magic man you.”

Account curator John Bills says he set up @slavicmisery after living in Mostar, Ljubljana, Belgrade, and Prague. “Slavs get a rough ride, totally unfairly, and I wanted to inform my fellow Brits,” Bills told The Calvert Journal.

But @slavicmisery has also become popular with Eastern Europeans across the globe, leading to lively debate surrounding the more controversial historical figures in the comments.

You can also get a copy of Bill’s books here.

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