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Blood and Vengeance: One Family's Story of the War in Bosnia

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  123 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
In July 1995 approximately 7,000 Muslim men, women, and children died under Serbian hands in and around the old Bosnian mining town of Srebrenica." "Blood and Vengeance puts a human face on the grim statistics and tangled politics of this event. Through the odyssey of one Muslim family, the Celiks of the remote mountain village of Kupusovici, journalist Chuck Sudetic tells ...more
Paperback, 436 pages
Published February 11th 1998 by W. W. Norton Company
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Jeff Kelleher
Jan 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The masterpiece of the Bosnian war.

The village of Kupusovici high in the mountains above the Drina River Valley in Eastern Bosnia today is a ruin. Two dozen bombed-out stone habitations are scattered around a tumble-down weed-filled mosque. A sturdy car can reach the place, but the dirt road is so eroded and rocky that it's best to hike in. Ancient paths, tilting headstones, and a still-functioning spring-fed washbasin are evidence that there once was a bustling little civilization here. Now, th
Jun 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It seems strange to give the rating "really liked it", as there is little to like about the suffering, injustice, and brutality described in "Blood and Vengeance." The author, however, is a talented and descriptive writer who does a good job of explaining the facts and circumstances of one family's experience in the Bosnian War, while weaving throughout the themes of hope, endurance, and the power of family bonds. The result is a moving and informative work that helps shed some light on a comple ...more
Oct 17, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history-european, war
i read this my senior year in college, for an independent study on Eastern Europe; i remember reading it in the on-campus coffee shop and simply crying my eyes out. heartbreaking, sure; worth it, absolutely.
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The first hundred or so pages set up the backstory of both Bosnia and the civilian family at the center of this story, the Celiks. The rest is an account of the war in Bosnia from the military point of view (mainly centered around Mladic) the political point of view (lots of failure there, until the end) and from the civilian POV centered primarily around the Celiks. The cast of characters is huge and sometimes it's difficult to remember who is who but the actual events themselves are fairly eas ...more
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Crying out for a decent editing. Very much one family's version of events and one senses there is much that is not stated and much unexplained. Consequently, I've abandoned ship 2/3rds of the way through and have bought a regular history of the conflict in the hope of greater enlightenment. It was having read Edna O'Brien's Red Chairs that set me off on this track.
Aug 18, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

As interested I am in Balkan history and as much as I love a dramatic and emotional non-fiction read, this book just did not do it for me. You would think that a book about a family's experience in the Bosnian war would check those boxes but this book read more like a dry history book than a human story. It was not the subject or characters that failed to capture my imagination, but the authors style that seemed more about spewing facts than anything else. Its taken me about 6 months to get thr
I straight up couldn't leave this book alone for ten minutes. An engaging, shocking, and ultimately humanizing look at the events in Bosnia through the eyes of one family, from a first time reporter without a journalism degree. It was a nice contrast to The Fall of Yugoslavia's exhaustively thorough, but often fairly standard reportage.
Jun 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Unlike other accounts of the Bosnian conflict, this book takes a look from the situation on the ground from a generational perspective. The horror, violence, confusion, and overarching sense of betrayal hits close to home as one family struggles to survive and stay together.
A journalist traces his family's history through the ages and examines the actual events in the early 90s, providing context to the Bosnian genocide. This book is particularly helpful to those who know nothing (as I did) about it.
Oct 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great story that illustrates both the political and personal sides to the war. A bit choppy at times, but all and all very moving and informative.
Colette Connors
Jun 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Written in part in the Westmount Library .
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Words can never level up to describing this book. It's beautiful.
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