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Rape Warfare: The Hidden Genocide in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia Hardcover – February 1, 1996
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The "New York Reader" seems to entirely miss the point of Allen's addition of a conversation with a Bosnian woman on the centrality of the Bogamils to Bosnian culture. The conversation has no pretensions to historical argument; that is precisely why it is related as a conversation rather than as historical fact. By providing a personal rather than an academic account of the Bogomils, Allen shows how important the idea of the Bogomils have become in articulating a Bosnian tradition of ecumenism and multiculturalism. The question of whether or not Bosnian nobles were Bogomils in the 1500s or the scope of their influence misses the point here; what is fascinating about Allen's account is how many Bosnians have appropriated the history of the Bogomils to promote a pluralistic Bosnia.
The second reviewer takes deep offense with Allen for foregrounding her identity, attacking her as self-obsessed. If only more scholarship on the Balkans would show such an awareness of the author's subjectivity. From the plethora of patronizing Western accounts of the war to blatant propaganda designed for domestic consumption - all hid personal and professional interests behind the veil of an "objective" analysis.Read more ›
With such an atrocity as its subject, the author makes clear that no perfect answers exist. Yet the attempt to write these stories--even though language can never capture or expurgate the horrors of war and of rape--she knows that silence, silence, silence... is worse. The lenses through which this book examines the issue of rape as an instrument of war, as the author says, "give some form to my thoughts, even though what I am thinking about can never be bound by form, even though what I am thinking about is unthinkable."
If you give even a moment's reflection to the above sentence, you will see that far from a simple listing of terrors, or a journalistic cataloging of facts, the author has set out on an intellectually and morally complex--and perhaps unresolvable--path. It seems that this takes more courage and more risk than mere reportage. As she writes, "It is extremely difficult to write about these things. Every phrase risks misinterpretation..."
Nonetheless, there are facts, and there are stories, stories Ms. Allen has collected herself, even while the genocide continued. And throughout the work, it questions itself. A reader can quickly sense the quick mind and problematizing perspective of a professor of literature. Here is an example, as she discusses a way of writing about the rape camps that she has rejected, "And so the reader may keep turning the pages, caught, in spite of her or his revulsion, in the ... pleasure of linear narrative. Such narrative irrevocably places the reader in the position of the voyeur.Read more ›
Incidentally, some apparently not up-to-date on recent strides in research approaches, failed to grasp the importance of the inclusion in Rape Warfare of Dr. Allen's personal responses, especially considering the situation on the ground in the Balkans at that time. The information coming from interviews is always shaped by the attitudes and expectations of the interviewer. Thus it becomes the interviewer's duty to both REVEAL and SITUATE the details of her/his own subjectivity.
By withholding the gruesome details of the rapes, Allen protected the women she interviewed; she spared them the kind of re-victimization they experience when journalists pander to public prurience, making pornography of these women's horrors. Nonetheless, or perhaps even, therefore, Rape Warfare is also `about' the power of stories; it makes a significant contribution to demonstrating that narrative, often disqualified as "not objective," is, in fact, a valid tool for discovering the deepest truths.
[Susan Schwartz Senstad is the author of MUSIC FOR THE THIRD EAR (Picador, 2001), which treats the fate of, among others, a Croatian woman who seeks asylum in Norway after being subjected to the mass rapes in Bosnia.]
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It's rare to find an analysis of this horrifying subject in its time and place, that isn't partisan nationalistic. Read morePublished on December 4, 2013 by East Coast Transplant
The mood of this book is a little on the liberal side. I wasn't sure if the author was yelling at me at times or not. Read morePublished on March 3, 2011 by Hunyadi
Mostly a personal account, not much real data. Sort of a feminist take on rape in wartime, but a little under-researched and over-dramatized. Not recommended.Published on August 16, 2003 by Peter
Rape Warfare was a courageous book to write: Beverly Allen dared to speak out about how rape was being used systematically before `historical consensus' had validated that claim. Read morePublished on April 1, 2001 by Susan
Allen knows zilch about the Balkans, knows nothing about the war, prattles on incessantly about herself. Read morePublished on December 29, 2000
After reading the book, I read all of the reviews below. This book isn't as bad as the worst critics make it out to be, but it's not as good as the apologists purport. Read morePublished on March 16, 2000 by Berry
I tried to read book, I read first half, but writer only talk about himself. Where is the book? Why does writer not talk about Bosnia? Who cares about writer? Read morePublished on August 1, 1999
I believe much of Beverly Allen's book. I do have questions. I think it is worth 3 stars but if some dock it to one, I will give it 4. Read morePublished on June 16, 1999
This is a dreadful book. Didn't the writer do ANY research on Bosnia? When I got to the part where she said that describing the Bogomil philosophy was critical to understanding... Read morePublished on January 23, 1999