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Logavina Street [Kindle Edition]

Barbara Demick
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Book Description

Logavina Street was a microcosm of Sarajevo, a six-block-long history lesson. For four centuries, it existed as a quiet residential area in a charming city long known for its ethnic and religious tolerance. On this street of 240 families, Muslims and Christians, Serbs and Croats lived easily together, unified by their common identity as Sarajevans. Then the war tore it all apart.
As she did in her groundbreaking work about North Korea, Nothing to Envy, award-winning journalist Barbara Demick tells the story of the Bosnian War and the brutal and devastating three-and-a-half-year siege of Sarajevo through the lives of ordinary citizens, who struggle with hunger, poverty, sniper fire, and shellings.
Logavina Street paints this misunderstood war and its effects in vivid strokes—at once epic and intimate—revealing the heroism, sorrow, resilience, and uncommon faith of its people.
With a new Introduction, final chapter, and Epilogue by the author

Editorial Reviews


“Brilliantly captures the sense of civilian Sarajevo heroism—its pluck, irony, stoicism . . . [By] focusing on one Sarajevo street, Demick is able to evoke the reality of life in the city with accuracy and nuance.”—David Rieff, The Philadelphia Inquirer
“[A] beautifully rendered portrait of Sarajevo.”—Mark Danner, The New York Review of Books
“Barbara Demick shapes the history of one city street into a small masterpiece.”—Jim Dwyer, columnist, The New York Times
“If you can read only one book about Bosnia, this should be the one.”—Mary McGrory, syndicated columnist, The Washington Post
“Take a walk on Logavina Street—you’ll learn a lot about the heroism and courage of the human race.”—Georgie Anne Geyer, columnist and author, Universal Press Syndicate

About the Author

Barbara Demick is the Beijing bureau chief of the Los Angeles Times. Her book Nothing to Envy was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her reporting on North Korea won the Overseas Press Club’s award for human rights reporting as well as awards from the Asia Society and the American Academy of Diplomacy. Her coverage of Sarajevo for The Philadelphia Inquirer won the George Polk Award and the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in international reporting.

Product Details

  • File Size: 4638 KB
  • Print Length: 282 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0812982762
  • Publisher: Spiegel & Grau; Reprint edition (April 17, 2012)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the read November 2, 2010
I found this book after reading the author's other book "Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea" (also worth your time). I think the whole situation in the countries of the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s is tragic. Here the author introduces the reader to the various residents, families, business owners and people of Logavina Street. While reading, I came to love these people and I truly hurt for them as the author detailed their struggles, heartaches and losses, but also I truly was happy for their small triumphs and victories. I think the world still needs to examine and dissect the Yugoslav wars of the 1990s, because there are many lessons about human behavior, tragedy, but also goodness. This book is worth your time to read. It was emotional, heartbreaking and one that will stay with you for time to come.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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I'm very pleased that Barbara Demick's "Logavina Street" got a second life after her brilliant (and brilliantly received) book on North Korea, Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea. That book has been a justifiably big smash. Publisher Spiegel & Grau (a Random House imprint) was smart to go back and re-release her 1996 Sarajevo work given Demick's new, higher profile.

By all means, fans of Demick's writing should get their hands on this new paperback edition. Her original narrative ends in mid-1995. The new paperback features a new chapter, 'Return to Logavina Street,' which has a 2011 coda to the story. That chapter, plus a new epilogue, bring a new perspective to her work. I especially liked this passage from the 'Return' chapter (about her June 2011 visit):

"Since the 90s I have been back to Sarajevo twice, once in 2007 and more recently in 2011. Each time, I was struck by how much it looked and felt the same. Now that I'm living in Asia, I'm accustomed to dynamic cities constantly reinventing themselves. When I leave Beijing for a holiday, I come back to find the building next door demolished and new skyscraper rising in my backyard. Not Sarajevo. The city is timeless, almost immutable. Along the stone alleys of the Bascarsija, the jewellers are tapping away behind shopfronts with the same names: Kasumagic, Cengic. Even the music is the same 1980s technopop. So little has changed on Logavina Street that I can almost navigate my way with my eyes closed."

Like in 'Nothing to Envy,' Demick's winning technique is to crystallize the story from the large and complex down to the personal.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Demick Masterpiece July 10, 2012
Barbara Demick's "Logavina Street" is one of the best books on Sarajevo and the Bosnian War. It is cause for celebration that "Logavina Street" has been revived, and that in this new edition Demick brings up to the present her searing portrait of war and survival. Anyone who has read "Nothing to Envy" knows Demick's extraordinary talent for illuminating world important issues by delving into the lives of ordinary people and writing about them so memorably. "Logavina Street" is a Demick masterpiece, recording history and a war that still haunts through a six-block-long street and its inhabitants. And by returning, Demick adds a rich layer of reflection on what the war meant, not just for those who survived, but for all of us.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking and utterly readable ... December 26, 2012
The Bosnian war is sort of a blur to me. I was directing theater and managing bands for most of the 1990's. This meant living on 2-3 hours of sleep and very little in the way of news or television. When you live in those worlds many things become a blip on the radar - you flag them in your head - "I should know more about that" - and then move on to whatever needs to be tackled next. Recently this flag popped up in my head again when I was offered a copy of the updated edition for review.

Logavina Street: Life and Death in a Sarajevo Neighborhood is great journalism. Combining a general overview of the history and roots of the multiple conflicts, Ms. Demick goes on to explore the war through the eyes of the residents of a single street. Many books on war are so focused on the minutae of battles and political tactics that the reality of the person on the street who is neither soldier nor politician is lost. This is moving story and cautionary tale and started me out on what will be a longer journey in trying to understand what happened there. Heartbreaking and utterly readable - highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This book chronicles the life of people on one street in Sarajevo and the impact of the Bosnian war on their lives. The people are described in their complexity and distinctiveness, without being portrayed as victims. The failure of the Clinton Administration, the EU (especially the UK and France), and the UN, to directly address the sources of the conflict (preferring their humanitarian fig leaves) is starkly set out from the street. The new edition has a postscript that brings the reader up to date with the lives of many of the people from Logavina Street. A touching read during the week when Bosnia's futbol team qualified for the World Cup.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING, but sad....
Published 2 months ago by Ed
4.0 out of 5 stars a solid historical perspective
The book itself is wise and ripe with good characters that share a deep sense of pride and fear. Having been young during the conflict and witnessing my locals schools adopt... Read more
Published 6 months ago by megselke
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but Nothing to Envy is so much Better
Journalist Barbara Demick gives a microcosmic overview of life in the war torn capital of Bosnia and Herzegovena, by chronicling the lives of several resident families on Sarajevan... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Emi Bevacqua
4.0 out of 5 stars For understanding Bosnian history
In 1996 I went to Medugorje. I never new what had just happened to all the Sarajevans. I tried to understand their bitterness toward Americans, and after reading this book I... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Karleen Dell'Ova
5.0 out of 5 stars Logavina Street
I had previously read "Nothing to Envy" which I found very engrossing and informative so I looked forward to reading another of Barbara Demicks books. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Julianne Ballard
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping tale
Living in Sarajevo for 2 years, this book really resonated with me, it provided a real-life experience of a recent history of Sarajevo that is very visible still around the city. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Not nearly as good as Her other book on N. Korea(Nothing to Envy)
Names are very confusing. The book gets bogged down in to much detail. Would have liked more background on the atrocities committed on all sides of this atrocious war.
Published 14 months ago by Terry J
5.0 out of 5 stars What a Inspiring book
Humanity , history, reason, this book have all the answer about.
I am totally immerse into the scene of the book.
Published 17 months ago by TIM
4.0 out of 5 stars Hard to top...
Nothing to Envy. I would have enjoyed a bit more depth into the belief systems leading to all this conflict rather than so much time spent on the residents on Logavina Street. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Reikigirl
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
This book gave a glimpse of many people's situation in the war. It followed many during the period and gave an insight how people felt and survived.
Published on January 15, 2013 by Johanna
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More About the Author

Barbara Demick is Beijing bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times and author of Nothing to Envy:Ordinary Lives in North Korea.The book won the U.K.'s top non-fiction prize, the Samuel Johnson award, in 2010 and was a finalist for both the National Book Awards and a National Book Critics Circle Awards. Demick's earlier book, Logavina Street: Life and Death in a Sarajevo Neighborhood is to be republished in 2012 by Granta.

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