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Made in Yugoslavia

3.32 of 5 stars 3.32  ·  rating details  ·  25 ratings  ·  3 reviews
A shocking and moving story of ordinary young men whose lives are overturned by a conflict that is all too recent. Luka, Greg and Bili grew up together in the small town of Osijek in the former Yugoslavia, getting drunk together, playing in a mediocre band, fighting and flirting with their girlfriends. Now it is 1991. Bili has just returned from national service and it loo ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published July 6th 2001 by Picador USA (first published 2000)
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Don't think I've ever given a book only 2 stars before. Although I'm quite interested in the war in the former Yugoslavia and it's literature, this book was not ready for publication. Group of youth find their friendships breaking up early in the conflict as they take sides and go off to fight. They do even more drinking than fighting. However the main characters seem to not care at all but go off to fight as casually as they might go to a party. Most of the time I had no idea what was going on. ...more
Babak Fakhamzadeh
Released under the title 'Esmarch', the book is hailed as the Yugoslavian Trainspotting. This is a load of bullocks.

The book is set in 1991, during the breakup of Yugoslavia and follows a couple of friends living in Osijek, in the north of Croatia, who break up due to their individual historical heritage: some are Croatian, some are Serbian, some are Slovenian and, partially, end up fighting each other on the battlefield.

The premise is good, but the Dutch version I read suffers from a mediocre
A manic journey through the autocanibalism of a country and people. A pretty complelling picture of the rapid collapse of a country and the epedemic of hate and pointlessness complete with an overwhelming stench of death and destruction. It's the sort of thing that could happen anywhere given the conditions. One of my favourite lines from the book: "The motherland. A cracked plate of land on which the fools had been slaughtering each other for thousands of years over the sovereign right to be bu ...more
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