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Book recommendations of the 2014 Book and Wine event in Zagreb

Eva Szalma
2300 days ago

Dear All,

here are the books recommended by me:

Dubravka Ugrešić: Ministry of Paine
Having fled the violent breakup of Yugoslavia, Tanja Lucic is now a professor of literature at the University of Amsterdam, where she teaches a class filled with other young Yugoslav exiles, most of whom earn meager wages assembling leather and rubber S&M clothing at a sweatshop they call the "Ministry." Abandoning literature, Tanja encourages her students to indulge their "Yugonostalgia" in essays about their personal experiences during their homeland's cultural and physical disintegration. But Tanja's act of academic rebellion incites the rage of one renegade member of her class—and pulls her dangerously close to another—which, in turn, exacerbates the tensions of a life in exile that has now begun to spiral seriously out of control.

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Zlata's Diary 

is a book by Zlata Filipović, who was a young girl living in Sarajevo while it was under siege.

Zlata Filipović wrote her diary from 1991 to 1993 during the Bosnian war. Located mostly in Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia. Zlata began writing her diary in 1991, just after she began fifth grade. The war began just before her eleventh birthday. Zlata's diary chronicles her daily life and the war's increasing impact on her home town of Sarajevo. Reporter Janine di Giovanni, who met Zlata in 1993 and wrote the introduction to the book, described Zlata as "the Anne Frank of Sarajevo." Like The Diary of Anne Frank, Zlata's diary contains many descriptions of the horrors of war as viewed from the innocence of a child. Furthermore, both diaries take place during conflicts at least partially motivated by racism and ethnic differences.

In 1993, a small press in Sarajevo published Zlata's diary and released for the UNICEF week. Following the release of her diary, Zlata became moderately famous. International journalists visited the Filipović family's apartment and interviewed Zlata. In December of 1993, the United Nations helped Zlata and her family escape to Paris.