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By Olivera Simic

How do you choose up the items after your existence is shattered via battle? How do you proceed dwelling whilst your kingdom not exists, your language isn't any longer spoken and your loved ones is split, not only through distance yet via politics too? What occurs while your previous identification is taken from you and a brand new one imposed, one who you by no means requested for? whilst Olivera Simic was once seven years previous, President Tito died. previous divisions re-emerged as sour ethnic conflicts spread out. warfare arrived in 1992. humans have been not Yugoslavs yet Serbs, Croatians, Bosnians. previous neighbors turned enemies in a single day. during this heartfelt account of lifestyles earlier than, in the course of, and after the Bosnian warfare and the NATO bombing of Serbia in 1999, Simic talks of her transition from peace to warfare and again back. She exhibits how she discovered the choice to construct a brand new existence whilst the previous one used to be irretrievable. Traversing 4 continents, she takes us on her winding trip from Bosnia to Australia, revealing the advanced demanding situations of fixing to lifestyles in a brand new state and exposing the cruel truth of the post-traumatic tension that accompanies her. Simic strives to discover the stability among desirous to movement directly to a unique destiny and a urgent have to glance again at a prior that won’t leave. The pull of her fatherland continues to be impossible to resist regardless of it being ravaged by means of destruction, and her publicity of the warfare crimes that happened there capacity she is classified either a “traitor” and a “truth seeker.” Surviving Peace is one woman’s tale of braveness that echoes the tales of thousands of individuals whose lives were displaced by way of struggle. As we nonetheless face an international rife with armed clash, this e-book is a well timed reminder that when the final gunshot has been fired and the final bomb dropped, the hot problem of surviving peace begins.

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He knows how much I love to read and he hopes that I will change my mind once I have read them all. It is difficult to explain to him (and others) my urge to write about things from which most people would rather run away. Some people from the former Yugoslavia have asked me how I can continually read and write about the war crimes that Serbs committed. Some have openly resented my writing and have made mocking comments (similar to those of my father): “Yes, what else can you write there [in the West] where they hate Serbs?

Indd 27 9/05/14 2:51 PM Surviving Peace no courage. Instead, I make some excuse and say I am in a hurry and need to go. I am shaking when I finally hang up the phone. I feel physically ill. I stretch across my bed and lie there staring up at the ceiling. My limbs feel dense and vague, my mind is still buzzing. I feel angry and ashamed for not being brave enough to tell him what was on my mind; the thoughts and feelings that I have been suppressing for all these years. But I know that honesty would not help him understand.

I feel compelled to write, and I treasure the refuge that writing brings to me. It is a cathartic process which involves dealing with difficult things and putting words to them. As Philippine-Australian author, Merlinda Bobis, puts it: Writing visits like grace. Its greatest gift is the comfort if not the joy of transformation. In an inspired moment, we almost believe that anguish can be made bearable and injustice can be overturned, because they can be named (2011, p. i). Indeed, the belief that I can right some of the wrong by telling the difficult stories is what keeps me pushing to write more.

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