Magazine article New Internationalist

[Bulletins from Serbia: E-Mails & Cartoon Strips from Behind the Front Line]

Magazine article New Internationalist

[Bulletins from Serbia: E-Mails & Cartoon Strips from Behind the Front Line]

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Aleksander Zograf never meant to write this unusual, darkly humorous and haunting little book. But then he never intended to have his 'stinky little town' of Pancevo bombed by NATO either. When the bombing -- recently condemned by Human Rights Watch -- began, Zograf started a regular e-mail correspondence with friends and fellow cartoonists abroad. Bulletins from Serbia is the result -- a collection of private observations, intimate visions of everyday reality in wartime.

Zograf may describe himself as 'just a stupid cartoonist' but on the second day of bombing he is already writing: 'It is hard to tell what this NATO operation really means. It will Definitely make Milosevic even more powerful... because common people feel the rage and... all sorts of extremist will be empowered.'

It's easy to identify with Zograf trying to survive the madness, coming from the skies and his own government, and sickened by both Serbian propaganda and NATO folly. …

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