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Book Review: The Book of my Lives

Book Review: The Book of my Lives

When Serb forces attacked Sarajevo in 1992, the young Bosnian writer Aleksandar Hemon was visiting Chicago. He searched for familiar faces in television reports about the siege of his native city, wracked by worry and guilt for not being there. Yet on the day he was supposed to fly home, Hemon did not go back. […]

Special Care in Sarajevo

In a Sarajevo classroom festooned with pictures and charts, nine-year-old Harry Lindsay is chortling softly as he mimics his teacher. She’s almost as delighted as he is. “Do this, Harry,” she says, stamping her feet on the carpet and clapping her hands. He copies with a flurry of actions and she gives him a sip […]

Screens of Change

Screens of Change

The bar of Kino Kriterion is brimming with people; the cool of its chessboard floor tiles and monochromatic, 1960s interior is matched by the crowd: little black dresses, angular haircuts, scarlet lipstick. This invitation-only reception could almost be taking place at the Berlinale, were it not for the cheap high-heels and unpretentious atmosphere. There are […]

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