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    Croatian journalist novelist and essayist Slavenka Drakulić has written a terrifyingly fierce and painful novel of a country's lost identity told through the suffering of a nameless group of female inmates in a camp and their difficult attempts to rebuild their lives after liberation All the characters are simpl

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    This was the first Drakulic I read and at the time I felt incapable of writing a review although I consider it both very well written as a novel and immensely important as a historical reflection on the routine of rape during wars There was a double reason why I could not put into words what I thought First of all I str

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    I don’t know why I have read this book at this very time close to Christmas it is a devastating book and it is nothing compared to the reality experienced by this woman which the author will simply call SThis woman will be deported along with other residents of her village only to be Bosnian This was enough during the terrible war in the Balkans in 1992 to determine the death of peopleI say immediately the narration and the ev

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    When your country is at war with another or perhaps many others you are aware of the risk to human life You know soldiers will die you know that some of these may be people you know or even your loved ones But though the civilians at home worry about those who are away fighting for their country they rarely see themselves as part of the war The threat to them seems far away almost unreal So when the occupying forces marched into the Bosn

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    Slavenka Drakulic born 1949 is a Croatian novelist sociologist and a journalist who writes mainly on women issues This is my opening sentence because when I picked up this book I asked myself Drakulic who? and thought that this was a horror book Hmmm DrakulicDracula BosniaYugoslaviaTransylvania Enough KD Stop Must be the Halloween spirit This is a serious bookVery much indeed S A Novel About Balkans aka As If I Am Not There is about rape

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    My original review 2000 in the San Francisco ChronicleS A Novel of the Balkans By Slavenka Drakulic Viking; 216 pages; 2295Croatian writer Slavenka Drakulic has given the world a gift digging into the twisted reality of the war that splintered the former Yugoslavia and emerging with ``S'' a searing story about a woman held in a Bos

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    Is it good to remember or is it easier to survive if you forget you ever lived a normal life?Croatian journalist Slavenka Drakulic wrote this simplistic but powerful story inspired by the personal accounts of various Bosnian Muslim civilian women and their horrific experiences during the Bosnian War in the 1990s Told in 3rd person a

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    A must read bookIt reminded me of movies such as Incendies Beanpole and Aurora Borealis Their murderers need to forget but their victims must not let them

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    Perhaps that happens to people in wartime words suddenly become superfluous because they can no longer express reality Reality escapes the words we know and we simply lack new words to encapsulate this new experience Only now does S u

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    this novel concerns the systematized rape and torture of civilian bosnian women during the conflicts in the balkans during the early nineties it's deeply troubling stuff almost a psychosexual counterpart to a day in the life of ivan denisovich which begs the inevitable uestion why am i reading this? certainly there's an impulse to somehow bear witness however wishy washy and drakulic does a great job of empha

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Set in during the height of the Bosnian war S reveals Kao da Epubone of the most horrifying aspects of any war the rape and torture of civilian women by occupying forces S is the story of a Bosnian woman in exile who has just given birth to an unwanted child on. Croatian journalist novelist and essayist Slavenka Drakuli has written a terrifyingly fierce and painful novel of a country s lost identity told through the suffering of a nameless group of female inmates in a camp and their difficult attempts to rebuild their lives after liberation All the characters are simply known by a single initial with the main focal point being a woman called S She has just given birth in a Stockholm hospital to a child she wants nothing to do with after being repeatedly raped whilst being held captive by Serb forces the previous year 1992 S regards the child as a tumour finally removed from her body In flashback we encounter the horrors in which she and other women had to endureDrakuli opens the depraved doors to the killing rooms of the Balkans war and shows us the raped tortured and murdered bodies of civilians The immediacy and powerful punch to the guts of the novel rises not from the unbelievable things it tells us but from the opposite What s unbelievable is that we are witnessing again horribly familiar events Fixated by the overriding example of the Holocaust we don t notice when it happens again and again never uite in the same way of course and not on the 6 million scale we can t stop focusing on That s when the narrative of one ordinary life becomes essential again as a reminder that decency is frail and wars will continually make monsters The middle third of the book was extremely uncomfortable to read it was like being stuck down the dark alley of an ugly nightmare you want nothing than to just wake upMost of the women once settled into the stone warehouse that is now their new home try all so hard to just shut down and dislocate themselves from their own bodies Nobody wants to talk of what goes on elsewhere in the camp things have been heard they would rather forget as Drakulic dissects the terrible resilience of the human mind One can bear anything if one is not uite present and hovers in the shallows of the moment Drakulic writes in the present tense the hospital from S s point of view That approach presents her with the problem of how to combine the story of a woman who can t afford memory or self consciousness with a reflection on the savage experience she undergoes she solves this by fusing her logical consciousness with S s numbed condition Cleverly using an indirect third person narrative whilst in the camp allows the writer to achieve the psychic distance necessary to meditate on the meanings of incomprehensible brutalityThe novel may come to a close with some sort of hope as S in tears moves her babyboy onto her breast for a feed but it was tremendously sad to see a mother turn away in disgust from her newborn child this living breathing small and fragile neonate who had just entered the world had done nothing wrong and has no say only asking to be loved Will the boy need the truth later in life about his conception or just a fictional story about the kind of decent regular father so many other war orphans lostI have to admit had I not read many other powerful and haunting books on the horrors of civilians trapped in war I might have struggled to get through the worst bits It chilled my blood in it s portrayal of humanity s darkest side However I will likely remember this novel for the small humane acts of kindness and courage shown They may only have been little things but seemed huge in the context of the story

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Ndured and in telling her story timely strangely compelling and ultimately about survival depicts the darkest side of human nature during wartime S may very well be one of the strongest books about war you will ever read The writing is taut precise and masterfu. Perhaps that happens to people in wartime words suddenly become superfluous because they can no longer express reality Reality escapes the words we know and we simply lack new words to encapsulate this new experience Only now does S understand that a woman s body never really belongs to the woman It belongs to others to the man the children the family And in wartime to soldiers Now however she sees that for her war began the moment others started dividing and labelling her when nobody asked her anything any In the meantime her life has become something different unrecognizable Or perhaps unimaginable Lying in her hospital bed in Stockholm she still does not know what to call it although she knows that the word is war But for her war is merely a general term a collective noun for so many individual stories War is every individual it is what happened to that individual how it happened to that individual how it happened how it changed that person s life For her war is this child she had to give birth to It is their submissiveness that shocks S than anything else their willingness to obey orders without uestion She thinks this is so not only because the men have guns but also because these people are still in a state of disbelief in some temporary state of numbness that they refuse to understand what is happening to them Or perhaps it is a kind of naivety the belief that surely somebody must know what is being done and why that there must be a reason for this action Is it good to remember or is it easier to survive if you forget you ever lived a normal life

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E without a country a name a father or a language Its birth only reminds her of an even grueling experience being repeatedly raped by Serbian soldiers in the women's room of a prison camp Through a series of flashbacks S relives the unspeakable crimes she has e. Slavenka Drakulic born 1949 is a Croatian novelist sociologist and a journalist who writes mainly on women issues This is my opening sentence because when I picked up this book I asked myself Drakulic who and thought that this was a horror book Hmmm DrakulicDracula BosniaYugoslaviaTransylvania Enough KD Stop Must be the Halloween spirit This is a serious bookVery much indeed S A Novel About Balkans aka As If I Am Not There is about rape torture and sexual slavery of Muslim women during the Bosnian War 1992 1995 During that war the Serbian minority laid siege to Saravejo and began rounding up and massacring Bosnia s Muslim population Then the Serbian rebels transported the Muslim people into concentration camps and did the atrocities similar to those committed by Hitler in Europe during the holocaust Taking the scope or extent in terms of number of people aside the only difference between the two was that the Serbian rebels sexually molested the women including young Muslim girls German soldiers unfortunately or fortunately saw all Jews to be of lower class thus not worth sleeping with and not worth to bear their children There is a scene in this novel when the Serbian soldiers yes most rapes here were done by 2 3 men to one woman were raping a Muslim woman one of them said that when the baby comes out heshe is considered a Serbian which is a higher desired race compared to that of Muslim s Since this book is based on personal testimonies of several women who Drakulic interviewed as a journalist for a Croatian newspaper you would feel that the events are exact and sincere Being a journalist however you would not feel that you are reading a transcript of interviews or a history book Her prose has no allegory or philosophical musings but her emotion as a writer of women issues was captured emphatically on the flight of these poor marginalized Muslim womenThe protagonist name is simply S 30 yo single and an English teacher at Saravejo when she was cornered and brought to a Bosnian concentration camp She together with around 20 other women and some girls as young as 13 years old were kept in a woman s room as sex slaves This reminded me of the comfort women that the Japanese kept during WWII not only here in the Philippines but also in other Asian countries Those pigs S and other women got pregnant Since they hated all those who raped them of course they did not feel any love for the children they nurtured in their wombs They did not know what to to with the babies lying on their cribs at Stockholm s they were brought to Sweden when they were saved from Zagreb s concentration camp hospital I will not tell you what happened next as it is too much of a spoiler Suffice it to say that the novel did not just focus on the Serbian atrocities during the war but also in the dilemma of the women who got raped and had to bear the Serbian children This spin made this a different reading experience compared to the Holocaust novels that I ve read and liked so far such as those of Anne Frank s Ellie Wiesel s or Imre Kertesz sThis truly deserves its slot in the 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die list No doubt whatsoever