Waiting for Elijah: Time and Encounter in a Bosnian Landscape

Safet HadziMuhamedovic

Research output: Book/ReportAuthored book


Waiting for Elijah is an intimate portrait of time-reckoning, syncretism and proximity in one of the world’s most polarized landscapes, the Bosnian Field of Gacko. Centred on the shared harvest feast of Elijah’s Day, the once eagerly awaited pinnacle of the annual cycle, the book shows how the fractured postwar landscape beckoned the return of communal life that entails such waiting. This seemingly paradoxical situation – waiting to wait – becomes a starting point for a broader discussion on the complexity of time set between cosmology, nationalism and embodied memories of proximity.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationNew York/Oxford
PublisherBerghahn Books
Number of pages324
ISBN (Electronic)9781785338571
ISBN (Print)9781785338564
Publication statusPublished - 27 Apr 2018

Publication series

NameArticulating Journeys: Festivals, Memorials and Homecomings


  • Bosnia
  • sacral landscapes
  • Elijah
  • George

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