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Shadow Behind the Sun

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In 'Shadow Behind The Sun', Remzije Sherifi tells her own story, and that of her family, in the context of a deteriorating political environment that led over a number of years to the attempted ethnic cleansing of Kosova.
Paperback, 240 pages
Published December 31st 2007 by Sandstone Press Ltd (first published January 2007)
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Tariq Mahmood
Jun 02, 2013 Tariq Mahmood rated it liked it
Shelves: eastern-europe
I don't know what to make of this book, was it a story about the Kosovan civil war or asylum seekers in Glasgow? Bit of both I guess. The story promised a lot but delivered a lot less as the book presented little in detail, maybe I expected too much? The story revolves around the life if the author and her experiences as an asylum seeker in Glasgow. Both stories are presented from a very personal subjective angle set with occasional mentions of geopolitical context. There are details missing, ...more
Dec 17, 2015 Val rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
The author is an Albanian woman from Kosova working for an immigrant assimilation programme in Glasgow. She gives us a family memoir, a bit of history and tells us about the Glasgow project and some of the people involved.
She identifies herself as Albanian, not Yugoslavian or Kosovan, and sees Tito's relatively peaceful, stable and egalitarian Yugoslavia as merely a pause in centuries of Serbian nationalistic oppression of Albanians. It is a valid viewpoint, the stability did not survive Tito's
Nov 12, 2013 Natalia rated it did not like it
Shelves: social-issues
In my opinion the book didn't fulfill my expectations. The language doesn't flow and the editors could have done a better job checking the grammar. All in all, it is a personal account of a few episodes experienced by the author throughout the war and her struggles to integrate into UK society as an asylum seeker after. The book could have been more insightful, interesting and captivating but strikes me as boring, dry and a bit shallow. Pity, for I am sure the author has stories to tell but ...more
Mar 15, 2015 Vivien rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015-read
This was a bit of an awful read in that it was written by an Albanian woman who had to flee Kosovo when Milosovich was organising massacres by the Serbs. What went on was so terrible and is particularly shocking as it was so recent. It appears that after the Nazi holocaust the world said never again and it keeps on happening. The chapters on the was are interspersed with chapters on her life now helping asylum seekers and refugees in Glasgow - the UK should be ashamed of the way these people are ...more
Oct 27, 2013 Reader28 rated it really liked it
Yes, as others have said, it may have benefited from the services of a copy-editor, but it is an insightful book. An important story that needs telling. I hope to see more books like this to help breakdown barriers and to allow people to see the best in each other and enrich our society in ways we could not have foreseen.
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