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Blood and Vengeance: One Family's Story of the War in Bosnia

4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  93 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Taking its place on the short list of essential books about the Bosnian struggle, Blood and Vengeance succeeds in putting a human face-on the conflict, rendering its devastation comprehensible to Western readers. Perhaps the most notorious and disputed outrage of the war was the massacre of as many as 8,000 Muslims in Srebrenica. Although previously designated a safe area ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published June 1st 1999 by Penguin Books (first published June 1st 1998)
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Jeff Kelleher
The masterpiece of the Bosnian war.

The village of Kupusovici high in the mountains above the Drina River Valley in Eastern Bosnia today is a ruin. Two dozen bombed-out stone habitations are scattered around a tumble-down weed-filled mosque. A sturdy car can reach the place, but the dirt road is so eroded and rocky that it's best to hike in. Ancient paths, tilting headstones, and a still-functioning spring-fed washbasin are evidence that there once was a bustling little civilization here. Now, th
It seems strange to give the rating "really liked it", as there is little to like about the suffering, injustice, and brutality described in "Blood and Vengeance." The author, however, is a talented and descriptive writer who does a good job of explaining the facts and circumstances of one family's experience in the Bosnian War, while weaving throughout the themes of hope, endurance, and the power of family bonds. The result is a moving and informative work that helps shed some light on a comple ...more

As interested I am in Balkan history and as much as I love a dramatic and emotional non-fiction read, this book just did not do it for me. You would think that a book about a family's experience in the Bosnian war would check those boxes but this book read more like a dry history book than a human story. It was not the subject or characters that failed to capture my imagination, but the authors style that seemed more about spewing facts than anything else. Its taken me about 6 months to get thr
Colette Connors
Written in part in the Westmount Library .
I straight up couldn't leave this book alone for ten minutes. An engaging, shocking, and ultimately humanizing look at the events in Bosnia through the eyes of one family, from a first time reporter without a journalism degree. It was a nice contrast to The Fall of Yugoslavia's exhaustively thorough, but often fairly standard reportage.
Unlike other accounts of the Bosnian conflict, this book takes a look from the situation on the ground from a generational perspective. The horror, violence, confusion, and overarching sense of betrayal hits close to home as one family struggles to survive and stay together.
A journalist traces his family's history through the ages and examines the actual events in the early 90s, providing context to the Bosnian genocide. This book is particularly helpful to those who know nothing (as I did) about it.
i read this my senior year in college, for an independent study on Eastern Europe; i remember reading it in the on-campus coffee shop and simply crying my eyes out. heartbreaking, sure; worth it, absolutely.
Great story that illustrates both the political and personal sides to the war. A bit choppy at times, but all and all very moving and informative.
Words can never level up to describing this book. It's beautiful.
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