In the autobiographical prose of the contemporary Croatian writer Pavao Pavlicic one can distinguish three main motifs: river, street and town. This article is devoted to the last of the motifs, to the motif of his native town Vukovar. Vukovar is presented - first of all - as the stable and changeable reference point in the author's - protagonist's life. The town is also depicted as the place of bloody events from the early 90-ies, which provoke to deep reflection on the identity in the individual and collective context. The main aim of Pavlicic is the will to make important something that is not important as well as saving the town from being forgotten.
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