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Diary of a Political Idiot: Normal Life in Belgrade

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Labeled a traitor by nationalist Serbians because she opposes the war in Kosovo, a dissident journalist chronicles the intimate details that haunt her daily life. Amidst the bombardment, however, hope persists: neighbors braving air attacks to commune at midnight Easter service; young women performing ballet recitals despite all threats of danger; strangers gathered for safety, waiting for the next NATO bomb to strike. The author takes us beyond the sound bites of the nightly news by offering a firsthand account ...

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Overview

Labeled a traitor by nationalist Serbians because she opposes the war in Kosovo, a dissident journalist chronicles the intimate details that haunt her daily life. Amidst the bombardment, however, hope persists: neighbors braving air attacks to commune at midnight Easter service; young women performing ballet recitals despite all threats of danger; strangers gathered for safety, waiting for the next NATO bomb to strike. The author takes us beyond the sound bites of the nightly news by offering a firsthand account of daily life in a war zone. The Diary of a Political Idiot was named a PEN selection for 2000 and has been simultaneously published in 11 languages.

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When NATO forces bombarded Serbia in 1999, many questioned the necessity of such an action, but few wondered how ordinary Serbian citizens withstood those 78 days of systematic shelling. Here's an account by an opponent of Milosevic's 13-year iron rule that attempts to convey the nonnationalist viewpoint of the rarely heard Serbian intelligentsia, whose silence has hitherto been successfully sustained by Serbia's autocratic politics. In this first book in the Midnight Editions imprint, Tesanovic, a noted writer and translator, asks the same "why" that the 11-year-old Zlata Filipovic asked in her own diarylike narrative of the siege of Sarajevo (Zlata's Diary, LJ 4/15/94). But Filipovic's childlike questioning of the absurdity of Bosnia's civil war was justified, as was her inability to comprehend her homeland's multiethnic identities. In contrast, Tesanovic claims to be an intellectual who is painfully aware of the atrocities that her country's leaders committed against Zlata's homeland and other Balkan nations. Yet she comes off as a passive intellectual who merely asks the "why" rather than a responsible adult who also attempts to understand the "how." Such knowledge is hard to reconcile with her supposed political innocence and only reinforces one's sense of the inertia that had already existed among Serbian intellectuals during the Serbian wars with Croatia, Bosnia, and Kosovo. Although compelling to read, this insider account (already translated into 11 languages) only superficially tackles the far-from-superficial Serbian crisis. An optional purchase.--Natasa Musa, New York Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781573441148
  • Publisher: Cleis Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2000
  • Series: Midnight Editions Series
  • Pages: 136
  • Product dimensions: 5.47 (w) x 8.61 (h) x 0.46 (d)

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