Safe Area Goražde: The War in Eastern Bosnia, 1992-1995 by Joe Sacco
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I can't remember who recommended this to me (sorry!) but I'm glad I was
able to find this at the library, a journalist's account of the war in
Bosnia, specifically Gorazde, from 1992-95, as well as the immediate
aftermath. I appreciated the point of view of the Muslims left in the
city when their Serbian neighbors left suddenly and then became their
enemies, and the graphic treatment captures the wide ranging emotions
from bewilderment to betrayal. And then trying to understand the
decisions made by the UN and Nato, and the worry about being "traded" in
the final resolution. The image focus allows for extras like maps,
which aids in my understanding for sure. How Gorazde connects to
Sarajevo, or doesn't, is really important.
This story connects directly to The Bridge on the Drina
by Ivo Andric, which is on my shelf but maybe should be my follow-up
read. The author also recommends some nonfiction reads in the back that
look helpful in providing some broader context.
I once worked at a
bakery with one Bosnian refugee and one Serbian refugee and they
refused to interact...I'm starting to get it.
This is for my
Europe2021 project, and of course CW for all war related topics,
possibly more disturbing because they are portrayed and brains might
remember images differently.
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