The breaking up of Yugoslavia in the 1990s brought with it a cruelty and a brutality that few thought Europe would ever see again. Slavenka Drakulic reports from the War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague, to try to learn from and understand these events.
As well as witnessing the trial of Slobodan Milosevic, she focuses on the lesser men, the ordinary individuals whose power did not extend beyond their village or their town borders. Men such as Goran Jelisic, a volunteer policeman who executed many of his prisoners, or Drazen Erdemovic, a participant in the massacre of seven thousand Muslims in Srebrenica. It is their ordinariness that makes their crimes so shocking: the fact that the crimes were carried out not by regular soldiers, but by former waiters, drivers and fishermen.
Slavenka Drakulic is a writer of great sensitivity, intelligence and grace - Alice Walker
A formidable writer - SUNDAY TIMES
Her writing has the spare poetry of Marguerite Duras - GUARDIAN
Slavenka Drakulic is a journalist and writer whose voice belongs to the world - Gloria Steinem
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 7th June 2004
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 12.8 x 19.7
Weight (kg): 0.16
Edition Number: 1