Madness Visible: A Memoir of War by Janine Di Giovanni
My rating: 3 of 5 ✰s
Library Book, Finished 4/24/2012
In this account of the war in Yugoslavia, Di Giovanni tries to explain the politics and factions at work here, the armies and paramilitary groups and the motivations behind their actions. I could not follow any of that, it is not her fault, she explains it very well, I just don’t have a head for those kind of details. But in the interviews with the people affected, she interviews people from both sides of the conflicts, Serbians, Bosnains, Albanians and even some soldiers from Britain and France, you get the human story of the war, you see the madness of war.
She traveled extensively in the country, through dangerous areas, at one point she and some French colleagues thought they might be murdered by Serbians. She writes with candor and when she mentions destroying a notebook so her captors wouldn’t find it, I could feel how tense the situation was.
I recommend this book.
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Posted by Belleza on April 24, 2012 in 2012, History, Non-Fiction and tagged 3 Stars, Albania, Balkins, Bosnia, Janine Di Giovanni, Recommended to read, Serbia, War Crimes, Yugoslavia.
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