Magazine article New Internationalist

Letters to the Celestial Serbs

Magazine article New Internationalist

Letters to the Celestial Serbs

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(Saqi Books/The Bosnian Institute, ISBN 0 86356 731 2)

For over 20 years the veteran Serb journalist Gojko Beric has been filing acerbic pieces on the social and cultural mores of his compatriots for the Sarajevo newspaper Oslobodenje. When war and devastation came to Bosnia, Beric gained an international reputation for his honest and incisive accounts of life in the besieged city. As a Serb living among Croats and Bosnians he was, more than most, forced to confront his identity and loyalties. Letters to the Celestial Serbs, his latest collection of journalism, covering the post-war period from 1996 to 2001, shows that he has lost none of his insight or integrity. There are pieces on what it means to be a Serb, and fine considerations of the ambiguous roles played by the Serbian Orthodox Church and Bosnian President Alia Izetbegovic. …

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