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I hate my brother: The story about love & hate

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  89 ratings  ·  41 reviews
This arresting drama draws back the curtain of war and focuses on the metamorphosis of men under the extreme stress of combat. Bojčić's emotional and gripping portrayal of war will stick with history enthusiasts long after the final sentence.
Fans of war, military, and historical fiction will be enthralled by Bojčić's heart-twisting depiction of the Bosnian War. - Publisher
Kindle Edition, 144 pages
Published February 18th 2020
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This is a prime example of how hatred can poison even the best person. It can cloud their judgement and cause them to act out in ways they never imagined before. Hatred can also lead to regret. Before reading this book I was very unfamiliar with the Bosnian war, but Branislav holds no punches depicting wrongs on both sides, regardless if Serbian or Muslim. War not only changes a country, but it's people as well, the after effects are felt long after the war is over. The ending of Gvozden's tale ...more
Jul 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. This is an amazingly insightful book based on how war can destroy humanity and divide families. Gvozden and Sened grow up as good friends and think of each other as brothers but the Bosnian war saw them on different sides. This book goes into great detail on how the lies and the horrors of this war totally destroyed these two men, their families and thousands of others. It’s well written and is a story that I think everyone should take the time to read.
Lynn Geth
Jul 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A heartbreaking story that shows how hatred can change one’s personality and life itself. Written in a down to earth way so that I felt the rage and the sorrow. It was hard to read but I’m glad I did.
Kathy Mccalmon
Jul 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a story about the Bosnian war. It is a very emotional story and may have triggers for some. If you like war stories this is for you.I voluntarily reviewed this ARC.
Space Cowgirl
Jul 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Ten Year Civil War💀🔪🔫💥

One Day, the War💀 Will Be Over...
This is a graphic account of the story of the tearing apart of Yugoslavia and the civil war torn area known as the Balkans, Bosnia, Croatia and Serbia in the 1990's. It's a true story with fictionalized characters during a terrible, destructive war between Muslims and Christians.

Horrible Atrocities are committed on both sides, mass executions, executions of children and women, rapes, torture, and other crimes against humanity.
It's a wa
Jul 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Unbelievable! Brainslav dropped the bomb with such indescribable insight into so much horror, death and pain, that bled through in a war torn country where carnage took a front row seat, families broken and lost, launching this chilling spin to life flawlessly. Shattering the lines and crushing boundaries, limitations are amplified and exploited, riding the current and breaking waves, kicking this gem into overdrive, slamming it into a frenzy with far-reaching impacts
Carol Wit
Jan 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
Many thanks to the author for sending me a copy of this important and interesting book I won on goodreads
This is not the type of book I would normally read, but I must say from the first page it had my interest. ...I found this book to be quite disturbing but war is disturbing and I knew this going into in to read if your interest is in historical books or if you are a war buff you will, I believe, really appreciate this book and story.
I thought it was very well written and i gained a
Bradley Blankenship
Sep 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
An Interesting but Ultimately Frustrating Read (3/5)

I'm always up for learning something new in history, especially about underserved conflicts in history. However, I walked away from this book a bit underwhelmed by what I assumed would be a bit of a deeper dive into the horrors of war.

What Worked for Me: I think there are some okay pieces in how the story progresses. While the translation is rough at best, the author gives a good attempt at painting the archetypes of people in war. These includ
Oct 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, kindle
I often step away from the popular books & authors in search of hidden gems. Those authors who have something important to say, or add in a significant way to the collective culture.
This is such a book.

You can easily find scholarly articles on the former Yugoslavia & the resulting conflicts/wars that have hit the nation-states that resulted. Sterile, pedantic reads targeting a limited audience. It is harder to find foreign authors translated for a larger audience. When an author takes that extra
D.M. Coffman
Aug 28, 2020 rated it liked it
A tragic story too often repeated in history
This story should have shocked me. As disturbing as it was to read, however, it illustrated a common reality of war. In fact, it reminded me of other extremes of hatred demonstrated in the second Sino-Japanese war, the sectarian violence in the Middle East, and certainly Nazi Germany toward Jews. Only a hatred as strong as that felt by Gvozden in this story could cause such brutal and unjustified atrocities. What do they have in common? Conflict (often
Kristine Hope Kowalski
Sep 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways
I am very thankful to the author for sending me a copy of this book to review after I expressed interest here on Goodreads. This is an incredibly difficult story, and one that I think is very important to hear. While I was familiar with the general events of the war, I had never had this kind of context or encountered a story like this one. I think it illuminates several incredibly relevant themes through its actions: we see come to life how hatred brews, how war changes cultural/national identi ...more
Sep 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
It was a very intensive book. It talks about the war in the region of ex-Yugoslavia in the 1990s. Gvozden and his family live in a small village. He treats people fairly, judging them by their merits and not by religion or political beliefs. When Yugoslavia is on a verge of a civil war, he is called to become part of the military. Reluctantly he obeys, leaving his wife and daughter behind. When Gvozden is away he finds out that his village has been raided by Muslims and his wife and daughter had ...more
Tilly Tiason
Sep 08, 2020 rated it liked it

This book has horrible formatting. The book is dark and the main character is relatable. The part about death and the gun and what if the child finds the gun was something I thought about a lot.
I really like the main character. Gvozden is such a powerful character created.
When he washed the dead bodies all I could think was how strong minded this man is.
Dialogue is amazing

The pace was too fast and there was more telling vs showing

It has an amazing plot though and so I really enjoyed th
This is one of those powerful books that leaves the reader thinking about the story long after the story is read. The author Branislav Bojcic, brings the reader into war’s violence, and heartbreaking consequences of that violence. It’s a story told about two men, a Serbian and a Muslim who thought of each other as brothers. It’s a story of hate and how that hate can destroy us and who we are. I appreciated the Preface Bojcic wrote to help the reader understand the history of ex-Yugoslavia. There ...more
Tristan Burbridge
Aug 08, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars
I found this to be an interesting read. While I ultimately enjoyed this book, there were some issues with the book. I think some things may have been lost in translation which caused for some broken sentences. While I did not know about a lot of the information that was provided in this book, it did make me curious enough to do my own research on what occurred. There were times that this book was a little dry and I had to force myself to continue reading. I will say that I do not believ
Jim Hardison
Aug 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A dark, brutal cautionary tale

This story of the war that broke up Yugoslavia is harsh, disturbing and riveting. Not for children or those with delicate sensibilities, it’s about the transformative power of hatred and what happens when we give in to our inner darkness.

This version of I Hate My Brother is translated into English and the translation is sometimes a little awkward and the formatting a bit non standard. While that might bother some readers (which is why I mention it here), it actually
Michael Beyer
Sep 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh, my God! This is the most devastating book I have read since The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. It rips your heart out, and then it tears at your guts. But that is what a book like this should do. It is a book about the horrors and inhumanity of war. The dramatic irony of the book feels like a stake through the heart at the end. This author has told a most powerful story that makes you question everything in life.
It is true that the book has some parts that are difficult to read because of t
Sep 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is vaguely reminiscent of Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds in terms of the general plot, but wrapped in a tale of revenge with some not-so-subtle messaging about war. Every aspect of this story is brutal and tragic. I looked more into the Bosnian War after I finished reading, just to see how accurate the story is in terms of corruption and crimes against humanity. Turns out the looting, profiteering, rape, and torture were all common and systemized. While most characters are a little one-no ...more
Karen Wrobel
Sep 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a Goodreads giveaway. It is not an easy read. I remember some of the stories that came out about this conflict when it was happening, but nothing as brutal as is recounted here. The horrors of war times ten. I read it in one sitting and couldn’t put it down. Did I love it? No. But I certainly won’t forget it.

One criticism, and I really think this took away from some of the power of the story - the translation is not good. Meaning is lost. Even so, I understand how such an unflinching p
Nov 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. From the minute I started this novel, I fell in love with the main character, Gvozden. The love he has for his family, neighbor, and country is exemplary. All he wants to do is live a good life. When the hatred of the different political rivals rears ugly head, it's not long before war and genocide follows against innocent people. My heart boke when his family was killed, and he turned into the monster. His hatred was easy to sympathize with. I just ...more
Jan 08, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this book as part of the Goodreads Giveaway program and I'm glad I did. This book takes a reader through the pains of the ethnic cleansing that happened in Yugoslavia. Though this book is quite graphic with a lot of violence and rape, it does tell a very emotional story of what war does to people. The story follows Gvozden who seems normal but war brings out quite a violent story. This war time fiction novel keeps you captivated and left me unable to put it down. Though the book was a quic ...more
Liza Cordero
Oct 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing

This is a powerful story with an unexpected moral lesson. It honestly exposed greed and corruption, as well as all the casualties of war. Brother against brother driven by other people’s hate & bigotry. The ending moved me.

The author had to flee his country for writing this. This story was worth it. If you’ve ever been disgusted by hate and racism you must read this.
Pat Backley
Dec 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Not an easy read, but well worth the effort.

I began reading this book curious to know more about the old Yugoslavia, a country I had visited back in 1966. At first I was happy to learn more about the country’s history, but then it became a dark, horrendous journey, through a very troubled time.
The book is so well written that it felt as if I was almost there, a silent witness to all the unspeakable tragedy.
This is a powerful, sad book, highlighting the brutal, harsh face of war.
“I wanted everybo
Jan 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book! Branislav Bojcic sets this story to the background of the Bosnian War and I found that very interesting since I knew very little about it. I fell in love the main character because of his caring nature and love for others. Honestly I think Bojcic has written one of my new favorite books because he showed how someone who is so caring and kind can be affected by war and how war brings out the hatred and anger of human kind.
Gary B. Haley
Sep 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
A horrific story about a horrific war...

Bojcic's novel closely describes the effects war has on people and entire societies. Armed only with incomplete and bad information, normally decent people turn into vengeful monsters. The entire book is in desperate need of a professional editor, but I think a lot of that is because it was translated into English.
Steven Simon
Sep 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A haunting, must-read story

I would say that I loved this book, but "love" is not the correct word. It pulls you in from the very beginning. The inhumanity of war and drive of revenge - regardless of its truth, comes through so powerfully. This is not a book that you read and then easily forget.
Rozita Berry
Jul 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
I Hate My Brother is essentially a horror story, about war and the darkness of men's hearts, and how the death of innocence is the birth of evil. I'd give it a five if it had been better written and edited, but even as it stands, it has the impact of a catapulted boulder. It might make a good movie, perhaps, although not for the squeamish. ...more
Christine K
Dec 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Despite giving this 5 stars, I would not recommend this book to my peers. It was really hard to read and gave me a lot of anxiety. It truly shows the ugly side of war and how men can go from protecting to destroying very quickly. The rape scenes were graphic and disturbing.
TNae Wilcox
Oct 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
It was truly different...

This story felt like the most unique thing I’ve read in a good while. I just started my seasonal book binge and am happy this was a page-turner.
anon collector
A very haunting read that gives insight to what people are capable of when wrung through great trauma.
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Branislav Bojcic is a Yugoslavian author born in Belgrade. His first book, “I hate my brother,” was written in 2017. The book is based on the real events that took place during the civil war in Bosnia between 1992-1995. The book describes crimes committed by both sides, Serbians and Muslims in what is described to be one of the bloodiest wars in 20th century. The book had a huge success in former ...more

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