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Sarajevo: A War Journal

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  132 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Originally written as columns from Oslobodenje, Sarajevo's only newspaper to operate throughout the siege, this collection vividly describes a life in which unspeakable horrors are daily occurrences. While witnessing the gradual destruction of his city, Dizdarevic emphasizes the heroism of Sarajevo's citizens as they try to survive. Recipient of the International Prize fro ...more
Paperback, 193 pages
Published November 1st 1993 by Fromm International (first published January 1st 1993)
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In light of Friday's rioting at the Romania/Bosnia-Herzegovina Euro qualifier in Bucharest over the Romanian fans' excruciatingly inappropriate 'Free Mladic' banner, some unrelated notes before the review...

My first true understanding of what had happened in Sarajevo came somewhere around the fifth anniversary of the beginning of the siege. I was 17 and they were running a story on the evening news and I have no idea what it said. Not a clue. The only thing I remember is that it was the first ti
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
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I only picked this up because my copy of Logavina Street hadn't arrived yet, but it ended up being the perfect book to read on the plane to Sarajevo. It is intensely geographic on an extremely local scale - I read it with a Google map of Sarajevo open on my phone and every chapter I had something new to mark on it. By the time I landed in Sarajevo, I not only had a deeper understanding of the day-to-day of the siege, but I felt like I knew the layout of the city already!

I only wish the book had
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
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“Personally, I am delighted to hear the news that Sarajevo isn’t under siege. That means I can go wherever I want whenever I want; that I’m carrying fifty liters of water every other day just to entertain myself; and that if I manage to have a meal only every other day, this is not because there is not food but because I don’t want to eat any more than that. Furthermore, it reassured me to know that all the people killed in the last few days were not killed from shells fired from the hills; they ...more
Heather J Caveney
Aug 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
No matter how much I read or watch about this war....I cannot comprehend it. The horrors and atrocities overwhelm. It's a very dark place to go. And I'm simply an outsider trying to understand that which is incomprehensible. ...more
Oct 25, 2009 rated it it was ok
After reading the prelude and the introduction (neither by the author) I was ready to put the book down and never pick it up again. The reason? They were extremely biased, full of propaganda and based purly on the writers (of that component of the book - not the actual author of the book)feelings on what was going on at the time in Sarajevo. I guess from my perspective I should have kept in mind that Sarajevo was still under seige and the conflict/s in Bosnia hadn't ended when the book was publi ...more
Dominique Lamssies
Oct 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
The thing to keep in mind when you pick this book up is that it is a series of newspaper articles that were written during the war. It's angry, at times it's unpleasant, and fingers get pointed. But the author also goes out of his way to stay as hopeful as possible and he doesn't dwell on the nasty details. He tells the stories he sees around him, which means highlighting the positives of the city he clearly loves.

The strength of this book is the honesty. The author doesn't hide his feelings. He
Jan 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Honest day to day account of living in a modern conflict zone. An important and recurrent theme highlighted in the book is the failure of UNPROFOR and that the goals of international organizations are rarely aligned with that of that of the victims.

The ability of UNPROFOR to act was severely hampered by the bureaucracy of it being a muli-national effort. While it can be understood from a high level perspective their strict rules of engagement so as not to embroil themselves in one side of the co
Mar 25, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People who have a hard time putting a book down before they're through.
These are wonderful brief essays. My only "complaint" is that it's hard to read through the book for long stretches at a time, because it's so easy to find a stopping point and set it aside. Which means it's very good for situations when you only have a few minutes to spare. ...more
Jun 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
Rotten plums and shots at citizens. Makes you think, though, as this book chronicles the tragedy of Western non-involvement, when and how far it's okay to step in. Who, then, should save Dafur? ...more
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