Madness Visible

Madness Visible

A Memoir of War

Book - 2003
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From an internationally celebrated war correspondent, a searing firsthand chronicle–told with extraordinary immediacy–of the ordeal of the Balkan people during the continuing breakup of Yugoslavia.

As a reporter for The Times of London, Janine di Giovanni found herself a close witness to the cycles of violence and vengeance in cities and villages, in refugee camps, in slapped-together hospitals, and in the homes of citizens under siege. She begins her story in May 1999 in Kosovo. The world believes the Balkan wars are over, but violence persists. She follows the arc of the war from its earliest days through the staggering experience of the people who endured it: soldiers numbed by–and inured to–the atrocities they commit, women driven to despair by their life in paramilitary rape camps, civilians (di Giovanni among them) caught in bombing raids of uncertain origin, babies murdered in hate-induced rage.

She searches for the motives of the leaders who created this hell: Slobodan Milosevic and his wife, Mira Markovic, and such crucial though less well-known figures as Nikola Koljevic, who directed the siege–and accomplished the destruction–of Sarajevo, the city he claimed to love.

Di Giovanni’s story raises profoundly challenging questions: What can cause neighbors who have lived peacefully side by side for centuries to turn against one another with mindless brutality? What becomes of survivors when the fabric of an age-old community is destroyed? How should other governments react to mass murder in a neighboring country?

Acutely perceptive, unflinching, making the madness of war visible, this is an important work of reportage from the physical and psychological front lines.

Baker & Taylor
Looks at the devastating consequences of the breakup of Yugoslavia for the Balkan people, describing the cycles of violence and vengeance, atrocities, and mindless brutality that wracked the region.

Book News
Senior war correspondent Di Giovanni (London Times ) provides a firsthand account of the horrific events she witnessed in the Balkans during the breakup of Yugoslavia. Spanning a ten-year period, her narrative tells the stories of hundreds of people struggling to survive the madness of war. Di Giovanni also considers the motives of major figures such as Slobodan Milosevic and Nikola Koljevic who led their people down the path of destruction. Annotation (c) Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Blackwell North Amer
As a reporter for The Times of London, Janine di Giovanni found herself a close witness to the cycles of violence and vengeance in cities and villages, in refugee camps, in slapped-together hospitals, and in the homes of citizens under siege. She begins her story in May 1999 in Kosovo. The world believes the Balkan wars are over, but violence persists. She follows the arc of the war from its earliest days through the staggering experience of the people who endured it: soldiers numbed by - and inured to - the atrocities they commit, women driven to despair by their life in paramilitary rape camps, civilians (di Giovanni among them) caught in bombing raids of uncertain origin, babies murdered in hate-induced rage.
She searches for the motives of the leaders who created this hell: Slobodan Milosevic and his wife, Mira Markovic, and such crucial though less well-known figures as Nikola Koljevic, who directed the siege - and accomplished the destruction - of Sarajevo, the city he claimed to love.
Di Giovanni's story raises profoundly challenging questions: What can cause neighbors who have lived peacefully side by side for centuries to turn against one another with mindless brutality? What becomes of survivors when the fabric of an age-old community is destroyed? How should other governments react to mass murder in a neighboring country?

Publisher: New York : Knopf, 2003
Description: xiii, 285 : map ; 25 cm
ISBN: 9780375410734
0375410732
Branch Call Number: 949.7103 DiG

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