Bosnia and Herzegovina

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The Bridge on the Drina by Ivo Andrić

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The Bridge on the Drina is a vivid depiction of the suffering history has imposed upon the people of Bosnia from the late 16th century to the beginning of World War I. As we seek to make sense of the current nightmare in this region, this remarkable, timely book serves as a reliable guide to its people and history.


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Under the Sun by Arthur Dorros

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Emet, separated from his parents by the Balkan conflict, must travel across a rugged landscape to a place he's heard rumours of, a village of children, living in harmony away from the violence that is tearing their country apart. Here, the author combines his interest in other cultures and knowledge of nature.


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Zlata's Diary: A Child's Life in Wartime Sarajevo by Zlata Filipović

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When Zlata’s Diary was first published at the height of the Bosnian conflict, it became an international bestseller and was compared to The Diary of Anne Frank, both for the freshness of its voice and the grimness of the world it describes. It begins as the day-today record of the life of a typical eleven-year-old girl, preoccupied by piano lessons and birthday parties. But as war engulfs Sarajevo, Zlata Filipovic becomes a witness to food shortages and the deaths of friends and learns to wait out bombardments in a neighbor’s cellar. Yet throughout she remains courageous and observant. The result is a book that has the power to move and instruct readers a world away.