Besieged | Granta

  • Published: 05/04/2012
  • ISBN: 9781847084118
  • 129x20mm
  • 272 pages


Barbara Demick

For four centuries, Logavina Street was a quiet residential road in a city known for its ethnic tolerance and cosmopolitan charm. Muslims, Christians, Serbs and Croats lived easily together, sharing an identity as Bosnians. Then the war tore their lives apart. Often without heat, water, food or electricity, they evaded daily sniper fire and witnessed horrific deaths. Neighbours and friends turned into deadly enemies.

In this intimate eyewitness account, Barbara Demick weaves together the stories of ten families from Logavina Street, brilliantly illuminating one of the pivotal events of the twentieth century, and describes how, twenty years later, they are coping with the war’s consequences. .

By focusing on one Sarajevo street, Demick is able to evoke the reality of life in the city during the war with both more accuracy and more nuance than the other books on the war, including my own

David Rieff

A vivid and often searing record of the lives of the inhabitants of a single street in a capital city under siege from Serb snipers and artillery fire

New Statesman

Newly updated, this is an atmospheric description of ordinary life - and death - during the siege of Sarajevo

Sunday Telegraph

The Author

Barbara Demick won the Samuel Johnson Prize for Nothing to Envy (Granta, 2010), her seminal book on North Korea. She is also the author of Besieged (Granta, 2012), her account of the war in Sarajevo, which won the George Polk Award, the Robert F Kennedy Award and was shortlisted for a Pulitzer Prize. She lives in New York.

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