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“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.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Spiegel & Grau; Reprint edition (April 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812982762
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812982763
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #342,985 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. Anderson on November 2, 2010
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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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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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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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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. Describing circumstances and events through interviews of families and individuals who have actually lived through those events, offers the reader greater insight and empathy to others, admiration for those who endured and survived,and a sense of emptiness for those who lost their lives and loved ones so randomly.

For me, Barbara Demicks' books are thought provoking and not easily forgotten. This book enlightens and informs us about ordinary people and families who were just living their lives and who were caught in a rapidly changing and dangerous situation. I appreciate that the book took many years to conduct interviews and gather information.

Highly recommend this book.
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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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