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Sarajevo: A War Journal

Sarajevo: A War Journal

by Zlatko Dizdareivc

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Croatian journalist and Time columnist Dizdarevic recounts the horror and bloodshed in war-torn Sarajevo in this collection of powerful essays. Photos. (Sept.)
Library Journal
This contribution to the small but impassioned collection of reports from the Bosnian battleground presents a unique look at the effect of the war on the ordinary citizens of Sarajevo and chronicles the gradual destruction of that 600-year-old city. Dizdarevic, a Bosnian journalist, provides a series of devastating and poignant vignettes from April 1992 through August 1993. His reporting is a powerful indictment of the Serbian leaders and of the West's inaction. The images of vast destruction, personal courage, the murder of small children, and pervasive human misery will remain with readers for a long time. It is hoped that this book will make more people aware of the tragic dimensions of this crisis. Highly recommended for all public and academic libraries.-- Thomas Karel, Franklin & Marshall Coll. Lib., Lancaster, Pa.
School Library Journal
YA-A disturbing and useful account, certainly a primary source, and one of the most current descriptions of the situation in book form. ``We've finally gotten used to people dying for no good reason, and we no longer look for any logic in day-to-day events. Now we must accept that hope is equally pointless.'' That is from Didzarevic's June 29, 1992 editorial in his paper Oslobodenje, now the only newspaper in Sarajevo. This collection of essays, written from April 1992 through August 1993, vividly describes the carnage and destruction caused by the Serbian bombing of the city. Didzarevic seems rarely to lose his sense of irony and pride as he asks uncomfortable questions and wonders at the lack of aid, both emotional and practical, from the ``free world.'' While detailing the bombing of the newspaper building or of a hospital ward, or reflecting on the loss of friends or the desertion of acquaintances, he maintains a belief in the endurance of the spirit of this venerable city and a disdain for the rest of the world, which permits such suffering and believes the Serbian ``lies.'' The essays are beautifully constructed and very unsettling. The purpose of the book is obviously to encourage support of Sarajevo by the UN as well as by Europe and the U.S. Photographs; a chronology from November 1989-August 1993; maps; and a glossary of key people, places, and events are included.-Susan H. Woodcock, King's Park Library, Burke, VA

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Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
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1st Owl Book ed
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5.48(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.68(d)

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