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Logavina Street: Life and Death in a Sarajevo Neighborhood Paperback – April 17, 2012
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“[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
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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.Read more ›
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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Read this book if you are looking for a personal account of the last Balkan war and the war's impact on one street in Sarajevo.Published 4 months ago by R. Robinson
Provides good examples of daily life, difficulties inherent to the residents and psychological changes.Published 9 months ago by Natalie P Punt
Very interesting. A book that should be read by many people to understand war so there will be no more wars in this world and people won't hate each other.Published 9 months ago by Michaela
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 morePublished 18 months ago by megselke
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 morePublished 19 months ago by Emi Bevacqua
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 morePublished 19 months ago by Karleen Dell'Ova
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 morePublished on January 29, 2014 by Julianne Ballard