With Their Backs to the World

With Their Backs to the World From The Best Selling Author Of The Bookseller Of Kabul, An Account Of Thirteen Ordinary Serbian People And How Their Lives Changed Before, During, And After The Fall Of MilosevicFrom Beloved International Reporter Sne Seierstad Comes A Remarkable Exploration Of The Lives Of Ordinary Serbs Under The Regime Of Slobodan Milosevic During The Dramatic Events Leading Up To His Fall, And Finally In The Troubled Years That Have Followed Seierstad Traveled Extensively Through Serbia Between 1999 And 2004, Following The Lives Of People From Across The Political Spectrum Her Moving And Perceptive Account Follows Nationalists, Titoists, Yugonostalgics, Rock Stars, Fugitives, And PoetsSeierstad Brings Her Acclaimed Attention To Detail To Bear On The Lives Of Those Whom She Encounters In With Their Backs To The World, As She Creates A Kaleidoscopic Portrait Of A Nation Made Up Of So Many Different And Often Conflicting Hopes, Dreams, And Points Of View. In this book Asne Seierstad draws portraits of the people of Slobodan Milo evi s Serbia His wars have brought loss, a diminished national status and a ruined economy She shows how the people live and through their words she conveys their thoughts For many the author makes a visit after Milosevic s downfall and describes how life has changed for them.The first portrait is of an elderly farmer He supports Milosevic, but holds his highest esteem for Tito What isinteresting about him hi In this book Asne Seierstad draws portraits of the people of Slobodan Milo evi s Serbia His wars have brought loss, a diminished national status and a ruined economy She shows how the people live and through their words she conveys their thoughts For many the author makes a visit after Milosevic s downfall and describes how life has changed for them.The first portrait is of an elderly farmer He supports Milosevic, but holds his highest esteem for Tito What isinteresting about him his livestock, his day, his cheese recipe, the d cor of his simply furnished home and his information gap In the last chapter, you enter the life of a rock star who is widely known in the region I later enjoyed him on You Tube check out Rambo Amadeus By the time you get here, you can fully appreciate his life and
This book contains a series of portraits of people in Serbia, collected over three visits between 1999 and 2004 The protagonists including an elderly farming countryman, a priest, an emigree and a rock star It paints a sad picture of a nation living on past possibly fictional glories, floundering after the loss of strong leadership, and unable to get over the recent atrocities to start rebuilding a healthy society I happened to hear a short news excerpt yesterday about the fact that Belgium h This book contains a series of portraits of people in Serbia, collected over three visits between 1999 and 2004 The protagonists including an elderly farming countryman, a priest, an emigree and a rock star It paints a sad picture of a nation living on past possibly fictional glories, floundering after the loss of strong leadership, and unable to get over the recent atrocities to start rebuilding a healthy society I happened
I enjoyed meeting all of the diverse people in Seirstad s book One interview in particular gave me pause An older couple tells Seirstad that they understand all about the political situation in their country because they ve heard about it on TV Milosevic controlled TV It made me think
A great book in it s concept, before and after Exploring people s lives both under Milosevic and some years after his fall a recurring theme is evident as a nation the Serbs are ordinary people trying to survive but locked into a system of backward looking Things were better.under Milosevic,.before Milosevic,.a hundred years ago,..after Milosevic The Serbs interviewed seem to have an ingrained idea of all the injustices borne only by the Serb people A book perhaps to b A great book in it s concept, before and after Exploring people s lives both under Milosevic and some years after his fall a recurring theme is evident as a nation the Serbs are ordinary
Being a croatian national, I could understand the social aspect of characters as many of them would perfectly fit into society in Croatia I can only wonder what would this people have to say today, with some big changes that happen since the book was written. With Their Backs to the World Portraits from Serbia was the only one of Norwegian author Asne Seierstad s works of extended journalism which I had outstanding I have found her work insightful and far reaching in the past, and I admire the way in which she tries to present as many viewpoints as she possibly can The real triumph for me is Seierstad s newest publication, One of Us, which deals with Anders Breivik, who carried out atrocious terror attacks in Norway in 2011 I felt that it would b With Their Backs to the World Portraits from Serbia was the only one of Norwegian author Asne Seierstad s works of exte
You d be forgiven for thinking that Serbia is a bad country, no thanks to the Yugoslav wars of the 1990s You ve heard of Serbian atrocities e.g Dubrovnik being attacked, Sarajevo under siege and the continued rocky relationship the country has with its breakaway region of Kosovo But how much truth is there really, to such assertions To some extent, this book aims to dispel these notions It follows a number of people before, during and after the fall of Slobodan Milosevic You are acquainte You d be forgiven for thinking that Serbia is a bad country, no thanks to the Yugoslav wars of the 1990s You ve heard of Serbian atrocities e.g Dubrovnik being attacked, Sarajevo under siege and the continued rocky relationship the country has with its breakaway region of Kosovo But how much truth is there really, to such assertions To some extent, this book aims to dispel these notions It follows a number of people before, during and after the fall of Slobodan Milosevic You are acquainted with people on both sides of the Milosevic regime Some opinions would surprise the reader, some may prove to be dubious, while a fraction may even reinforce st
Very interesting book, a master piece portraying Serbs lives before, within and after the Serbs revolution By presenting different characters, Asne succeeded in presenting a glance about a people whom were shocked in their believes and left clueless against the world I used to believe and continue to believe that what Serbs did in Muslims of Bosnia was a crime and a massacre by all means simply Ethnic cleansing, yet, after reading this book I believe that I learned a lot about what people ar Very interesting book, a master piece portraying Serbs lives before, within and after the Se
What I like about Asne books is the lack of judgement It s not a history book, it s not about dry facts It s about people s perception of events, their effects on lives The subtitle is Portraits from Serbia , not The history of Balcan wars You can find it in any decent history book But what you will never find is why people acted the way they were This book will not provide all answers but only a small view through a cracked door What is fascinating is that during the few years not
I was pretty sceptical about this book to begin with, but I have to say Seierstad does a wonderful job of going beyond the general and theoretical It is a very depressing book, evenso since I ve been to Serbia twice and Kosovo once and I feel like I ve actually met each of them.