DIARIES are a special kind of literature, in most cases it is a close, challenging genre for readers, even when they are left behind by some complete anonymity.
In many ways, they compete with the standard qualifications of literary evaluation, but also because they are an original, documented recording, a kind of film frame frozen in time. There is no subsequent intervention in that shot, it is a shot that, according to the logic of today’s widespread “Photoshop”, cannot be remade, especially not beautified.
The diary of Josip Broz Tito, written at the turn of 1950 and 1951, at the time when the conflict between Yugoslavia and the USSR was at its peak, initiated by the Resolution of the Inform Bureau in 1948, undoubtedly belongs among the important records.
If the diary reading includes details in which the reflections of time are recognized, the features of human characters can be discerned, the outlines of not only the psychological states of the author but also the collective with which he is surrounded are manifested, all the better.
The diaries have a special charm and because they reveal to the reader fragments of the writer’s everyday life, moments filled with deep dramatic charge, intertwined with passages that testify to how in every, no matter how difficult situation, consciously and unconsciously seek and find moments of relief. or as much, even the greatest pressure.
It is CLEAR that some diary entries will especially attract attention if they came out under the pen of some famous person, known at least in a narrower, local context, and especially if it is a person famous on a planetary scale.
The appeal of the diary grows even more if the author has left a deep mark in history, and his writings shed new, additional, personal light on the historical events in which the author participated unsparingly and shaped them.
The greater the significance and value of this Tito’s diary from the turbulent years of the Cominform, these records made seventy years ago. Due to the volume of that more than precious text that we publish in this Historical Appendix, we were, understandably, forced to make some cuts, which in no way violated the originality and authenticity of Tito’s diary. In order to preserve its complete originality, the diary is printed as it was written, without spelling and grammatical interventions.
Only minimal explanations are given in the footnotes and square brackets, which enable the reader to more fully understand one of the most valuable documents of Tito’s entire legacy.
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