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Only the Nails Remain: Scenes from the Balkan Wars
Only the Nails Remain is a chronicle of poet and critic Christopher Merrill's ten war-time journeys to the Balkans from the years 1992 through 1996. At once a travelogue, a book of war reportage and a biography of the imagination under siege, this personal narrative takes the reader along on the author's journeys to all the provinces and republics of the former Yugoslavia.
Paperback, 416 pages
Published November 28th 2001 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
(first published 1999)
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Detailed, in-person account of people trying to make sense of the often senseless violence at the end of the Yugoslav national project, from hiking with poets in the mountains of Slovenian to crossing Sniper Alley in Sarajevo under siege. No easy conclusions.