Logavina Street: Life and Death in a Sarajevo Neighborhood

Logavina Street Life and Death in a Sarajevo Neighborhood Logavina Street was a microcosm of Sarajevo a six block long history lesson For four centuries it existed as a quiet residential area in a charming city long known for its ethnic and religious toler

  • Title: Logavina Street: Life and Death in a Sarajevo Neighborhood
  • Author: Barbara Demick
  • ISBN: 9780812982763
  • Page: 331
  • Format: Paperback
  • Logavina Street: Life and Death in a Sarajevo Neighborhood

    Logavina Street was a microcosm of Sarajevo, a six block long history lesson For four centuries, it existed as a quiet residential area in a charming city long known for its ethnic and religious tolerance On this street of 240 families, Muslims and Christians, Serbs and Croats lived easily together, unified by their common identity as Sarajevans Then the war tore it allLogavina Street was a microcosm of Sarajevo, a six block long history lesson For four centuries, it existed as a quiet residential area in a charming city long known for its ethnic and religious tolerance On this street of 240 families, Muslims and Christians, Serbs and Croats lived easily together, unified by their common identity as Sarajevans Then the war tore it all apart As she did in her groundbreaking work about North Korea, Nothing to Envy, award winning journalist Barbara Demick tells the story of the Bosnian War and the brutal and devastating three and a half year siege of Sarajevo through the lives of ordinary citizens, who struggle with hunger, poverty, sniper fire, and shellings Logavina Street paints this misunderstood war and its effects in vivid strokes at once epic and intimate revealing the heroism, sorrow, resilience, and uncommon faith of its people With a new Introduction, final chapter, and Epilogue by the author

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    1. Mary

      The stories of Balkin conflict have always been painfully close to home. Though I was just 12 at the beginning of the Bosnian war, and safely half a world away in Australia, I remember vividly the protests in the streets, the side-eyes Croatian and Serbian immigrants gave each other and my father, foreign newspaper forever in disarray in his lap, images of Bosnians screaming, crying on the front page. Much like the people of Sarajevo who lived harmoniously together for centuries, in spite of the [...]

    2. Josh

      You look ahead of you.  You look in front of you.  You look behind you.  Everyone you see looks like your race, like your ethnicity, like YOU.But, there are issues.  There are problems within some of you.  After the fall of Yugoslavia, your government decides to secede and now you represent the antithesis of what others want; you are a target for violence. Political structures in ruins, people become barbaric in nature; others are killing your friends because of what ethnicity they claim to [...]

    3. Elaine

      Many years ago, when I was very young and very intense about my belief that the world was capable of being saved, I went to a talk at the 92nd Street Y by some writer I admired. I can't remember who it was, now. What I do remember is that the writer used the talk to speak passionately and eloquently about the then-recent 50th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising and linked that to then on-going Siege of Sarajevo. It was heartbreaking. I hadn't really been following the story before then - I [...]

    4. Bridget

      My across-the-street neighbor is from Sarajevo. One time we got to chatting while our kids played and she told me the story of how she emigrated to America as a teenager during the wartime siege. It involved the promise of a scholarship, a tunnel under the airport and a crazy bus ride into Croatia. At the time, even as I recognized that hers was an amazing journey, I only vaguely understood the context of it. I hadn't yet read Balkan Ghosts, so my frame of reference for 1990s Bosnia was somethin [...]

    5. Lorenzo Berardi

      "Besieged" is a book about life in war time Sarajevo wrote by Barbara Demick in 1996 after spending some time there at various intervals between 1992 and 1995 as the correspondent of the Philadelphia Inquirer.The reason why this stuff has recently been re-published is the success recently gained by "Nothing to Envy" the brilliant book by Mrs Demick about life under the North Korean communist regime.There is, therefore, a gap of almost 15 years and more than 5 thousand miles between what Barbara [...]

    6. Bettie☯

      BOTW BBC Radio 4Blurberoonies - To mark the twentieth anniversary of the start of the siege of Sarajevo the award winning journalist Barbara Demick revisits her evocative eyewitness account of how the residents of one street in the city endured three and half years of living in a warzone. Today, bellicosity is met with denial before harsh and terrifying realities kick in. Besieged: Life Under Fire on a Sarajevo Street is the first UK publication of Barbara Demick's first book. To counter the eff [...]

    7. Barbara

      I'm fascinated and horrified by the Bosnian war, and especially the siege of Sarajevo. It's almost incomprehensible that brutal siege took place in the 1990's under the watchful eye of the UN and NATO and western governments. I've read fictional accounts of the conflict, but this is the first non-fiction account I've read. Barbara Demick encapsulates the brutality of the Sarajevo siege by concentrating on one street in Sarajevo. She tells the story of the families along that street, and it is a [...]

    8. Wsclai

      My feeling is mixed reading the book. I know that life in the Seige of Sarajevo in the 90's was difficult but it turned out to be unimaginably harsh. I have no idea that people struggled for years to live a normal life in the most absurd circumstances (no electricity, no gas, no security and no nothing). It was naive of me to think that no one would stay in the centre of the war zone but the truth was most did not leave Sarajevo, a place where they call 'Home'. The news coverage and TV footages [...]

    9. Jennifer

      I remember the events of Sarajevo, but if I ever knew the causes, I had forgotten them. Barbara Demick, at the time a young foreign correspondent living and reporting from Sarajevo throughout its civil war, beautifully captures both the spirit of the people of Sarajevo and the nightmare they endured.For centuries a city where religions coexisted peacefully (30% of marriages were of mixed religious backgrounds), fashionable and affluent Sarajevo became a war zone when Serbian nationalists besiege [...]

    10. Diane S ☔

      There is just something so incredibly poignant and heartbreaking when one reads about real families in a war zone trying to keep living somewhat normal lives in very unnormal and dangerous circumstances. This book really brought the Bosnian Serbian conflict home to me. When people are forced to live in the backrooms or inner rooms of their homes, trying to keep their families safe and healthy, with very little in the way of food or medical care, work their gardens while being randomly bombed or [...]

    11. Rachel

      Completely riveting, completely nonfiction, and a pretty complete view of the Siege of Sarajevo while focusing on such a small sliver of the city.

    12. Mark

      “I knew the street I wanted to write about the first time I walked up it. Even battered by war, it was a beautiful street…”Logavina Street is a marvel. A hard-hitting, unflinching look at the two years Demick spent on this “six-block long history lesson”. She followed along with several families, in this Sarajevo neighborhood, as they led their daily lives, under a terrifying siege. Sniper fire and mortar-attacks came in a flash, leaving carnage and destruction. Dealing with food short [...]

    13. Philip

      I have read a few books on the Bosnia conflict and they have always left me frustrated as to what it was all about. Listening to the cast of characters in Barbara Demick's book you get a better sense of how the conflict evolved and why Sarajevo, once a proud multi cultural city, became the epicentre of the conflict. Demick skillfully depicts the fear and frustration of the neighbours on Logavina street and their determination to remain in their city throughout the years of bombardment where a vi [...]

    14. David

      Author Rabih Alameddine invited me to a literature festival in Sarajevo in 2016. During that trip, the Serb Bosnian general who fought on the Bosnian side, Jovan Divjak, took us around town. We spoke to him in French. He showed us graves, locations from which the Serbs shot and launched mortars at Sarajevo's civilians. In 1991, I had just moved to the U.S while a war had started in Bosnia. I was largely ignorant then. During my trip, I spoke to many locals, and I don't recall meeting someone who [...]

    15. Brian

      (4.0) What Sarajevo (or at least one predominantly Muslim enclave) was like in the 90sLoved Nothing to Envy, so was eager to read more by Demick, uncharacteristically good author for a journalist. This was powerful as well, gives clear picture of what life was like in Sarajevo. I learned a lot about the political, social and military history of the disintegration of Yugoslavia, Bosnia in particular, as the Serbs tried to prevent Bosnia from seceding as a predominantly Muslim independent state.Fe [...]

    16. Heather

      I really enjoyed reading this book, even though it made me feel somewhat ashamed to be associated with "America." I was in high school when the Bosnian War was happening, but this journalistic piece of writing educated me the most about the reasons behind the war, the outcome of the war, and the war's place in history. But the author also beautifully captured the human side of the ware sorrows, joys, dreams, fears, and beliefs of a people who were broadsided by this unnecessary war and endured l [...]

    17. Sarah Palmer

      I read Nothing to Envy a few years ago and it was one of my favorite books, so I have been looking forward to reading this since it was gifted to me. The tragedy in Syria inspired me to pick this book up because I knew there were similarities. Besieged gives a glimpse of what it was like to live in Sarajevo during the war and a historical outline of events from a very human perspective. It causes you to think about what divides us, what can bring us together, how many conveniences we take for gr [...]

    18. Kara Loffelmacher

      Having studied the Siege of Sarajevo since it began in 1992, each book I read on the subject gives me a clearer understanding of the events that took place there, of the terror inflicted, of the emotion/s felt, of how each person and family's story differs, and yet has common currents. I loved this book and highly recommend it to people who love this place as I do, or simply want to try and understand a part of the world they may not come from.

    19. Lauren orso

      i felt like this was missing something that "nothing to envy" had, but demick is clearly a great journalist, and i've really been enjoying her work. everything i knew about sarajevo til this point was from reading zlata's diary about 15 years ago (i just took it out of the library for a reread today!), so this was a good refresher and a really interesting story about the trauma of war and recovery.

    20. Aleksandra Szranko

      To nie jest łatwa lektura. I nie chodzi o treść, a o formę bardziej. Dobry pomysł - przedstawić życie pod ostrzałem na przykładzie konkretnej ulicy, konkretnych ludzi - który dopiero w 8. rozdziale zaczyna nabierać sensu, tempa i rumieńców. Trochę późno, trochę to było męczące, ale w sumie warto.

    21. Sally

      "The 'Jerusalem of Europe'- a city of Muslims and Catholic and Orthodox and Jews"By sally tarbox on 29 October 2017Format: Kindle EditionPublished in 1996 and written by a journalist stationed in Sarajevo, covering the war years, this is a moving and vivid portrayal of the lives and experiences of the people of just one street in the Bosnian capital.I learned so much from this extremely readable account. The racial differences which we tend to perceive as cut and dried were so fluid in the toler [...]

    22. Amy

      Barbara Demick does an amazing job not only in covering what happened in Bosnia but in humanizing the conflict and those forced to live and endure as conflict came to their homes on Logavina Street in Sarajevo. I have long believed that the only way to really understand conflict and war, we need to not hear from government officials or military officers, but the voices and experiences of ordinary people impacted on a daily basis. This book does exactly that. I read the 2012 edition that includes [...]

    23. mateopoznan

      Porażający dokument z oblężonego Sarajewa (ale także i relacja jak wojna zmieniła mieszkańców już po oblężeniu) z perspektywy mieszkańców ulicy Logavina. Różne perspektywy, zawiłe losy, dramaty i bezsilność wobec odrażającej i bezsensownej wojny. Ale są też i pozytywy, jak choćby świadectwa jedności ponad podziałami. Gdy w środku wojny, na wigilię 24 grudnia zrobioną z odpadów po wojnie w Wietnamie, wysyłanych jako paczki żywnościowe, do chrześcijan przychodzą [...]

    24. Nishtha Ghosh

      So glad I read this before my trip to Sarajevo during my trip to the Balkans. These countries are still grappling with the impacts of the Yugoslavian War and intense ethnic tensions. Every ethnic group has it's own propaganda and version of what happened and who was at fault.Demick gives an unbiased view based on facts. It is extremely dark. Not necessarily an enjoyable read but an important one.

    25. Amanda Cram

      Read this for a book club. It was interesting and an eye-opening account of the fall out of war. Great testament to how amazing the human soul is and what can be overcome (or at least lived through).

    26. Christopher Bare

      A compelling and intimate look at the four years of siege endured by the beautiful and unlucky city of Sarajevo. Wider lessons and relevance abound to an extent that is both sad and scary.

    27. Matthew

      A very compelling book about the siege of Sarajevo, told from the perspective of the residents of a street in Sarajevo. The author seems to be extremely talented at writing books like this, using the experiences of a few people to illuminate a broader reality.

    28. Gill Lindsay

      Brilliant account which really shows how conflict affected ordinary innocent citizens. I have been fortunate to visit the street and the buildings are just as I imagined from the book!

    29. Isis

      I was lucky enough to win a copy of this book (because I can't afford to buy books and my local library doesn't have a copy), and enjoyed the experience of reading it very much. My one great blessing is that I read the Preface, and therefore knew that this copy is a revised edition - re-released years after the original came out. But the part that saved the book for me was knowing that the author was/is a journalist - one who covers war-torn areas - and that this book is a collection of individu [...]

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