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Like Eating a Stone: Surviving the Past in Bosnia

by Wojciech Tochman
£7.99   paperback  Portobello Books Ltd (2009)

Like Eating a Stone: Surviving the Past in Bosnia by Wojciech Tochman During four years of the war in Bosnia, over 100,000 people lost their lives. But it was months, even years, before the mass graves started to yield up their dead and the process of identification, burial and mourning could begin. For many, the searching and the grieving continues to this day.
 
Here we travel through the ravaged post-war landscape in the company of a few of those who survived, as they visit the scenes of their loss. These encounters are snapshots and memorials, capturing a jagged moment in a community's history as it is still flinching from its raw and recent past, not quite yet able to believe in a possibility of a peaceful future.

"Tochman is a man of few words. His lapidary style, narrating the atrocities of war and its fallout, is all the more powerful for its restraint: outrage speaks terribly for itself, needs no hype, no colour. "
(The Times)
"This short, sparce book has an overwhelming power: Tochman focuses on the people: the victims and the survivors of war... They live and breathe even as we read, although for some of them life itself is now a kind of living death. Read this incredible book to learn how thin is the veneer of civilisation."
(Literary Review)
Translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones.

ISBN 13: 9781846270888 | ISBN 10: 184627088x

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