‘Angels, Adolescents and Trucks: New Romanian Books in English’ at Waterstone’s Piccadilly

Marking the growing presence of Romanian literature on English bookshelves, Angels, Adolescents and Trucks: New Romanian Books in English was a talk at Waterstones Piccadilly,  dedicated to celebrating some recently translated gems of the country’s contemporary literature. Organized by the Romanian Cultural Institute, part of their colourful program for the London Book Fair, the audience…

Kata Karath | 18/04/2016
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REMEMBERING BOSNIA: Two Contemporary Bosnian Novels, reviewed by Esther Harper

Selvedin’s Avdic’s Seven Terrors (2012) and Alma Lazarevska’s Death in the Museum of Modern Art (2014) provide a deeply poignant insight into the lives of those who suffered the Bosnian War. Though fictional accounts, the stories evoke clearly the literal and figurative battle endured in Bosnia throughout the early nineties, and give a strong impression…

Esther Harper | 23/12/2015
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REMEMBERING BOSNIA: ‘Trusted Mole’ (Stankovic, 2000) reviewed by Robin Ashenden

‘Had it not been for the arrest, the book would never have been written… I would have just closed the door on the whole experience and moved on.’ Milos Stankovic is speaking about Trusted Mole: A Soldier’s Journey into Bosnia’s Heart of Darkness – his account of his spell as the longest serving British Soldier…

Robin Ashenden | 17/12/2015
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REMEMBERING BOSNIA: Sarajevo under Siege. Two books, reviewed by Judith Fagelson

In war-ravaged Bosnia in the 1990s, the UN’s largely symbolic interventions failed time and again to bring peace to the region. Partly as a result of the West’s inertia until the late stages of the war, tens of thousands of civilians lost their lives, and even more lost their homes. The siege of Sarajevo was…

Judith Fagelson | 16/12/2015
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REMEMBERING BOSNIA: ‘Fools Rush In’ (Bill Carter, 2004) reviewed by Valenka Navea

‘Grief produces an abundant energy that must find a way to burn itself up. And that is the fundamental problem, one that can take a lifetime to exhaust’. Bereaved, disillusioned and heartbroken at the age of 24, Bill Carter in the early ’90s felt the pull of besieged Sarajevo – a city whose devastation matched his own.…

Valenka Navea | 12/12/2015

REMEMBERING BOSNIA: ‘Zlata’s Diary’ – Q & A with Zlata Filipović, by Jo Varney

Zlata Filipović is a writer and documentary film maker living and working in Dublin, Ireland. Besides writing ‘Zlata’s Diary’ (1995, Puffin), an internationally best-selling account of the Siege of Sarajevo through the day-to-day reflections of a child, Zlata has co-edited with Melanie Challenger ‘Stolen Voices. Young People’s War Diaries, from World War 1 to Iraq’ (2006,…

Jo Varney | 12/12/2015