The War is Dead, Long Live the War
The book's subtitle is "Bosnia: the Reckoning", but it contains se ...more
Ed Vulliamy’s latest book adds to the ever growing list of books about Bosnia and the former Yugoslavia however, this effort adds a new dimension to what is already out there.
To get the gist of what this book is going to be about the most important word in the title is the word ‘reckoning’ - that is to answer or give account of one’s actions or when past actions will be atoned for. Specifically, it is about the Serb’s lack of reckoning.
Like Laura Silber’s book The Death of Yugoslavia this b...more
The book is Vulliamy's attempt to grapple with the personal and historical legacy of Omarska. At the heart of the book are the survivors. Vulliamy is interested in how the Bosniak men and women who endured the concentration camps ...more
This is not a book to enjoy, it is a book that educates. It made me cry repeatedly, it made me ashamed of my own ignorance and it made me question the values of my own country. The author's personal Involvement and passion for the cause of the Bosnian people screams from every page. It didn't attempt balance but that is the whole p ...more
I took the book from an Essex Libraries Holocaust Memorial Day reading list. I am ashamed to say that this happened in my lifetime, just across my continent, and that governments like my own were at best neglectful and at worst complicit.
V often uses the Holocaust to contrast