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Book Title: Adiós Sarajevo|
The author of the book: Atka Reid
Date of issue: January 1st 2012
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A true story based on the journals kept by two sisters, of ten siblings, who are separated during the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina in the mid-1990s.
The book has many examples of selfless acts of generosity by people who are initially strangers to the girls and their family. These provide heartening respite from the descriptions of how to avoid being shot at by snipers while collecting water during a seige; how to eke out food and fuel supplies during a blockade – jeans and leather shoes burn well apparently, once you’ve run out of trees, doors, furniture, and books; and how to stay sane when it would be so much easier to not.
I’d known from watching a documentary on Annie Leibovitz that Susan Sontag had flown to Sarajevo during this time to put on a performance of Waiting for Godot but this book gave me a much greater understanding of just what a stroke of surreal genius that gesture was. And lurking in the backdrop to Atka and Hana’s story are… concentration camps. For crying out loud – and yes, the book did make me cry, many times – how can anyone, anywhere, in this day and age, still think that concentration camps are any kind of an appropriate approach to problem solving??
I’m shelving this book alongside The Diary of Anne Frank as a reminder that while times and technology change, people and politics do not. The good, and the abhorrent unfortunately, remain.
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