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  • Title: Sarajevo Blues
  • Author: Semezdin Mehmedinović Ammiel Alcalay
  • ISBN: 9780872863453
  • Page: 247
  • Format: Paperback
  • From one of Bosnia s most prominent poets and writers spare and haunting stories and poems that were written under the horrific circumstances of the recent war in Bosnia and Herzegovina Semezdin Mehmedinovic remained a citizen of Sarajevo throughout the Serbian nationalists siege and was active throughout the war in the city s resistance movement, as one of the editor sFrom one of Bosnia s most prominent poets and writers spare and haunting stories and poems that were written under the horrific circumstances of the recent war in Bosnia and Herzegovina Semezdin Mehmedinovic remained a citizen of Sarajevo throughout the Serbian nationalists siege and was active throughout the war in the city s resistance movement, as one of the editor s of the magazine Phantom of Liberty Semezdin Mehmedinovic says that writing is, finally, quite a personal thing that doesn t make much sense unless you are practicing for the last word For those Bosnians emerging from the siege or still in exile, these last words remain intimate possessions, one of the last bastions left against the commodification of tragedy.
    Sarajevo Blues From one of Bosnia s most prominent poets and writers spare and haunting stories and poems that were written under the horrific circumstances of the recent war in Bosnia and Herzegovina Semezdin Mehme

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    1. I will repeat what I wrote in a comment earlier along in my reading This work is intense, moving, lyrical at times, heartbreaking The author describes the days, and nights, of a city in the midst of war and the lives and deaths of the people in the city Then he tells of his life in that city There is occasional beauty but bullets and bloodshed, and the thankless tasks of staying alive This is the side of war I haven t read much about We should all probably see this side.I will read this again, [...]

    2. This is a slim book, but it is not a quick read That s not a complaint The topics are difficult and dense, and they deserve even demand than one reading The poems near the end were probably my favorites, and you needed to read what came before them, including the essays, to feel their full power.

    3. Excellent collection of poetry and prose that creates a meaningful look into life in Bosnia before, during and after the genocide.

    4. This is a collection of poetry and prose by Bosnian writer Mehmedinovic In this book he describes his experiences living under siege in Sarajevo, his writing is hard hitting and thought provoking The themes of hopelessness, fear, loss and desperation are universal even if the book is about a specific place and time If I could pick out a central idea it would be about the loss of identity in Bosnia where Sarajevo became unrecognisable and neighbours turned against each other Although this is a sh [...]

    5. Two other works popped into my mind when I was reading this set of stories, poems and essays Claude Lanzmann s Shoah documentary and Hannah Arendt s Eichmann in Jerusalem Why All three in their own way tackle the horrors of war and genocide, and all three do so not through vivid description of the brutality but with a sort of detached, unfinished voice Seems to go against common sense but I find such depictions of war much jarring and powerful than sensationized, tear jerking ones.Also, don t s [...]

    6. One of Bosnia prominent poets and writers, Mehmedinovic stayed in Sarajevo during the war and this book of short stories and poems takes you to the war torn city and lets you experience for yourself the horror of a war Americans still know little about A magnificent work, this book is a Reader s Corner Highly Recommended Read.

    7. Detached and disheartening Very sad prose concerned with this novel Encourages awareness of the things that happen outside our own little world , makes you notice things that are usually taken for granted on our end.

    8. While I don t actively endorse the author s political perspective, he does write beautifully and conveys a haunting sense of day to day, urban life in the midst of civil war.

    9. the poem crows steals breath it is prose it is poetry it is gorgeous he was a georgetown u lannan visiting writer, my sopho year as i recall, soft spoken.

    10. ve i imden kahkahalarla g lmek geldi sana nk buraya cehennem diyorsunve buradan ka yorsun, san yorsun kiSaraybosna dan ba ka yerde l m yok

    11. Semezdin Mehmedinovic is a Bosnian writer and a survivor of the seige of Sarajevo In Sarajevo Blues, he reflects on the means by which the horror of that conflict was transmitted around the world Can it be possible, his essays, poems, and stories want to know, for even the sharpest of camera angles to produce an accurate reflection of war Shots of the mass killing circle the globe, he writes Pictures of the dead and massacred turn into an ad for the war It doesn t matter that these people have [...]

    12. I appreciated the translator s introduction to the collection, his concept of literary activism and the interview between translator and author in the conclusion Mehmedinovic s response to the comment about being a representative of the war the media turned the world s eyes to Bosnia and this initial war coverage drew readers into a search for a deeper response through literature and film is certainly true in my case The collection offers a look into a people under siege and a small understandin [...]

    13. I often caught my son poring over maps He was very interested in Greenland When I asked why he wanted to go there, he replied Cause there s no people there Hey, me too.Ugh, I thought this would be a lot , I don t know, accessible I liked the prose poems much better than the other ones, which made me feel even sure that poems shouldn t be translated There is nothing to latch onto in these poems, they slip away I think I will blame all the spelling mistakes and the grammatical errors on Lawrence [...]

    14. Going through old essays tonight how I miss my grad school days Anyhow, I came across a piece I wrote about chauffeuring the author of this book, Semezdin, on a weekend trip to Bisbee AZ where he gave a reading in the elementary school my grandma once attended Then we went for drinks and Sem proceeded to get me trashed out of my mind Crazy weekend No, the essay wasn t about getting drunk with a quirky poetwell, maybe a little, haha.

    15. yazarla ilgili bilgilerin bulundu u sayfada kitap i in Washington Post gazetesi taraf ndan, Bosna daki sava en iyi anlatan belgesel nitelikte edebi eserlerden biri olarak vg ye de er bulundu denmi bu konu dahilinde ba ka kitap okumad m, ama bundan daha iyisi olamaz san r m arka kapakta paul auster vg s bile var bulman z zor olabilir ama, kesinlikle tavsiye.

    16. Spare, tough poetry and prose by a great Sarajevo poet who captured the spirit of his city during the Siege of Sarajevo from 1992 1995 in these short pieces that express sorrow, defiance, anger and a conquering humanity under the most extreme circumstances, and without a shred of sentimentality Masterful A translation into English.

    17. Tarih derslerinde rendi imiz, g n m zde bir ba ka versiyonunu ya ad m z ac mas z sava lara maalesef ba ka bir rnek.

    18. This books is extremely sad and scary, but I walked away from it with a completely new understanding of war.

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