The Bosnia List: A Memoir Of War, Exile, And Return

Paperback | February 25, 2014

byKenan Trebincevic, Susan Shapiro

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A young survivor of the Bosnian War returns to his homeland to confront the people who betrayed his family

At age eleven, Kenan Trebincevic was a happy, karate-loving kid living with his family in the quiet Eastern European town of Brcko. Then, in the spring of 1992, war broke out and his friends, neighbors and teammates all turned on him. Pero - Kenan''s beloved karate coach - showed up at his door with an AK-47 - screaming: "You have one hour to leave or be killed!" Kenan’s only crime: he was Muslim. This poignant, searing memoir chronicles Kenan’s miraculous escape from the brutal ethnic cleansing campaign that swept the former Yugoslavia. After two decades in the United States, Kenan honors his father’s wish to visit their homeland, making a list of what he wants to do there. Kenan decides to confront the former next door neighbor who stole from his mother, see the concentration camp where his Dad and brother were imprisoned and stand on the grave of his first betrayer to make sure he’s really dead. Back in the land of his birth, Kenan finds something more powerful—and shocking—than revenge.

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A young survivor of the Bosnian War returns to his homeland to confront the people who betrayed his familyAt age eleven, Kenan Trebincevic was a happy, karate-loving kid living with his family in the quiet Eastern European town of Brcko. Then, in the spring of 1992, war broke out and his friends, neighbors and teammates all turned on him. Pero - Kenan's beloved karate coach - showed up at his door...

Kenan Trebincevic immigrated to America in 1993 and became a citizen in 2001. His writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine and Op-Ed page, the Wall Street Journal, Salon, and The Best American Travel Writing 2012 and on American Public Radio and NPR. Susan Shapiro teaches journalism at New York University and the New School. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Los Angeles Time...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 7.8 × 5.1 × 0.6 inPublished:February 25, 2014Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0143124579

ISBN - 13:9780143124573

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Yugoslav wars repeat in miniature in a Balkan New York club. The slow disintegration of the club is the hook into this memoir of a child war refugee who returns for a ten-day visit as an adult. While the writing is standard, the story - and its strength is in the alternating telling through Kenan Trebincevic's child and adult eyes - is a eye-popping view into the ethnic fratricide that tore apart Yugoslavia and the scars that remain today. There is real emotional pull throughout the book as messy, nuanced, complex choices made in wartime surface. And linger for decades.
Date published: 2014-04-04