Sense of Place Stars: Former Yugoslavia Fiction and Nonfiction Titles


Annotations are from Advance, the Ingram Book Magazine, unless noted.


  • S: A Novel from the Balkans
    Author: Drakulic, Slavenka
    Publisher: Viking $ 22.95 ISBN: 0670890979 Date: 2000
    Set in 1992, during the height of the Bosnian war, S. reveals one of the most gruesome aspects of war - the rape and torture of civilian women by occupying forces. Through a series of flashbacks, S., a Bosnian woman, relives the unspeakable crimes she has endured and in telling her story, depicts the blackest side of human nature during wartime.
  • Lie in the Dark
    Author: Fesperman, Dan
    Publisher: Soho Price: $ 24 ISBN: 1569471533 Date: 1999
    In a thriller that recalls the first excitement of Martin Cruz Smith's Moscow, the author Dan Fesperman brilliantly renders the fragmented society and underworld of Sarajevo at war - the freelancing gangsters, guilty bystanders, drop-in correspondents, the bureaucrats frightened for their jobs and for their very lives - and weaves through this torn cityscape on man's desperate, deadly pursuit of the wrong people in the wrongest place. (Soho publicity)
    Suggested Reading: European Crime Fiction
  • The Small Boat of Great Sorrows
    Author: Fesperman, Dan
    Publisher: Knopf $ 24 ISBN: 037541472X Date: 2003
    In an electrifying tale of international intrigue, the author of Lie in the Dark follows brooding investigator Vlado Petric, who is being used as bait to bring justice to a murderer whose activities in World War II make the current generation of killers look like amateurs.
    Suggested Reading: European Crime Fiction
    Updated 7.8.03
  • Avenger
    Author: Forsyth, Frederick
    Publisher: St Martins $ 26.95 ISBN: 0312319517 Date: 2003
    In this heart-stopping thriller of murder, intrigue, deception, and revenge, attorney Calvin Dexter is called upon to settle an old score. But the game is changing, and this time CIA agent Kevin McBride must find a way to stop Dexter before his quest for vengeance throws the world into chaos.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 9.08.03
  • Secret Sanction
    Author: Haig, Brian
    Publisher: Warner $ 24.95 ISBN: 0446527432 Date: 2001
    A battalion of Serbs has been senselessly murdered in Kosovo and the Green Berets stand accused. Now, Major Sean Drummond, a top Army lawyer, is assigned to investigate this unspeakable atrocity. Teamed with a straight-laced prosecutor and a sexy defense attorney, Drummond probes a cover-up that could threaten the stability of the most powerful nation in the world.
    Suggested Reading: Legal Stars
    Updated 4/20/01
  • The Question of Bruno
    Author: Hemon, Aleksandar
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 22.95 ISBN: 038549923x Date: 2000
    starPWstarBookliststarLibrary Journal
    A novella and stories linked by characters, by locations, and by interwoven substories, The Question of Bruno is set in Chicago and Sarajevo and is a book about the trauma of war and how an exile makes a new life in a new land.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 7/20/00.
  • Hotel Sarajevo
    Author: Kersh, Jack
    Publisher: Turtle Point List Price: $ 13.95 (paperback) ISBN: 1885983212 Date: 1997
    Fourteen-year-old Alma is a daydreamer who has taken up residence with a group if teenage war orphans in the abandoned Hotel Sarajevo. She is at once a child playing with her rag doll, a sexually precocious teenager, and a young woman with highly developed self-analytical and survival skills. The text portrays adolescence in a city ravaged by war.
  • War Torn
    Author: Marks, John
    Publisher: Riverhead $ 25.95 ISBN: 1573222542 Date: 2003
    From the author of the New York Times Notable Book The Wall, this gripping thematic sequel tells the story of a love affair between an American journalist and a woman from the former Yugoslavia, during the aftermath of the Cold War.
    Updated 10.30.03
  • April Fool's Day
    Author: Novakovich, Josip
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 23.95 ISBN: 0060583975 Date: 2004
    "In this harrowing and hilarious novel, Josip Novakovich's wry Croatian Candide is our sympathetic guide through the recent history of the Balkans, and through the pleasures and sorrows of an ordinary and extraordinary life."--Francine Prose.
    Updated 7.26.04
  • The Fixer: A Story from Sarajevo
    Author: Sacco, Joe
    Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly $ 24.95 ISBN: 1896597602 Date: 2004
    When bombs are falling and western journalism is the only game left in town, local "fixers" sell war correspondents the human tragedy and moral outrage that makes news editors back home happy. American Book Award winner Sacco goes behind the scene of war correspondence to reveal the anatomy of the big scoop.
    Suggested Reading: Graphic Novel Stars
    Updated 11.24.03
  • Pretty Birds
    Author: Simon, Scott
    Publisher: Random $ 24.95 ISBN: 1400063108 Date: 2005
    This mortal chess game of guile and manipulation plays out against the backdrop of beautiful, war-torn Sarajevo as two high school friends--one Muslim, one Christian--struggle to survive the Serbs' ethnic cleansing.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts | Child Soldiers
    Updated 4.19.05
  • The Pepperdogs
    Author: West, Francis J. (Bing)
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster $ 25 ISBN: 0743235894 Date: 2003
    On the eve of leaving his Reservist unit in Kosovo, a marine is kidnapped by renegade Serbs. Known as a razor-sharp storyteller and elite Pentagon insider, West unleashes this blistering technothriller about honor, duty, and patriotic sacrifice.
    Updated 11.12.02


  • Hearts Grown Brutal: Sagas of Sarajevo
    by Cohen, Roger
    Publisher: Random House ISBN: 0679452435 $27.95 Date: 1998
    Through the sagas of four families caught in the chaos of Yugoslavia and the Bosnian war of 1991-95, Roger Cohen tells the story of a state and its struggles.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
  • Madness Visible
    Author: Di Giovanni, Janine
    Publisher: Knopf $ 24 ISBN: 0375410732 Date: 2003
    From an internationally celebrated war correspondent comes a searing firsthand chronicle--told with extraordinary immediacy--of the ordeal of the Balkan people during the continuing breakup of Yugoslavia.
    Suggested Reading: Travel Tales
    Updated 8.25.03
  • Hello To All That: A Memoir of War, Zoloft, and Peace
    Author: Falk, John
    Publisher: Henry Holt $ 25 ISBN: 0805072187 Date: 2005
    Here is the riveting tale of a man's lifelong battle to defeat his greatest enemy and to connect, cure himself, and finally live. A victim of prodigious depression, John Falk discovered Zoloft and set out to salvage himself--by becoming a correspondent in bloody Sarajevo.
    Updated 11.22.04
  • The Bone Woman: A Forensic Anthropologist's Search for Truth in the Mass Graves of Rwanda, Bosnia, Croatia, and Kosovo
    Author: Koff, Clea
    Publisher: Random $ 24.95 ISBN: 1400060648 Date: 2004
    Published ten years after the genocide in Rwanda, The Bone Woman is a riveting account by a forensic anthropologist sent on missions by the UN War Crimes Tribunal. As she recounts the details of her work, the hellish working conditions, the bureaucracy, and the heartbreak of survivors, Koff imbues her story with a sense of hope, humanity, and justice.
    Updated 8.13.04
  • My War Gone By, I Miss It So
    by Lloyd, Anthony
    Publisher: Atlantic Monthly $ 25 ISBN: 0871137690 Date: 2000
    starBookliststarPWstarKirkusstarLibrary Journal
    An extraordinary, personal look at modern war by a young correspondent who saw its horrors first hand in Bosnia.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
  • Beyond the Mountains of the Damned: The War Inside Kosovo
    Author: McAllester, Matthew
    Publisher: New York Univ $ 24.95 ISBN: 0814756603 Date: 2002
    starLibrary JournalstarKirkusstarPW
    Emotionally gripping and elegantly written, Beyond the Mountains of the Damned looks past the headlines to explain the ongoing strife and chaos in the Balkans. - Publisher Marketing.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 1.31.02
  • The Key to My Neighbor's House: Searching for Justice in Bosnia and Rwanda
    by Neuffer, Elizabeth
    Publisher: Picador $ 27 ISBN: 0312261268 Date: 2001
    From her unique vantage as a reporter directly covering the reality of genocide in Bosnia and Rwanda, award-winning journalist Neuffer tells the compelling story of two parallel journeys toward justice in each country.
    Suggested Reading: Travel Tales


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