by Vesna Maric - £8.99 Granta Books (2010)
paperback ISBN 13: 9781847081193 | ISBN 10: 1847081193
Vesna Maric was a typical sixteen year old when the Bosnian war started. As school broke up, shelling began. Snipers appeared in the cities and suddenly a trip to a cafe or an illicit cigarette became dangerous, impossible things. Maric and her sister fled to Britain.
Bluebird is her sparklingly funny and poignant account of life as a refugee, full of humour, insight and defiance.
"A wonderful, bittersweet memoir about what life is like when you are what Vesna Maric calls "that half-pitied, half-feared thing" - a refugee."
"Maric is an exquisite, careful writer. Her sparse newcomer's memoir skewers Britain.. With a linguistic talent remarkable for someone who began regularly speaking English only at the age of 16, Maric conveys the unsettling, often magical experience of losing her roots."
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