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From Amazon: "Letters from Diaspora is a collection of 12 short stories that focus on how Bosnians that survived the war and genocide in the early 90s are dealing with the aftermath of war and genocide, surviving it and dealing with survivors guilt. The stories range in focus on PTSD, nostalgia for lost loves and a lost home, to dealing with the adjustment of being an immig From Amazon: "Letters from Diaspora is a collection of 12 short stories that focus on how Bosnians that survived the war and genocide in the early 90s are dealing with the aftermath of war and genocide, surviving it and dealing with survivors guilt. The stories range in focus on PTSD, nostalgia for lost loves and a lost home, to dealing with the adjustment of being an immigrant due to a war-torn country. This book provides an honest view into the emotional effects of war."


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From Amazon: "Letters from Diaspora is a collection of 12 short stories that focus on how Bosnians that survived the war and genocide in the early 90s are dealing with the aftermath of war and genocide, surviving it and dealing with survivors guilt. The stories range in focus on PTSD, nostalgia for lost loves and a lost home, to dealing with the adjustment of being an immig From Amazon: "Letters from Diaspora is a collection of 12 short stories that focus on how Bosnians that survived the war and genocide in the early 90s are dealing with the aftermath of war and genocide, surviving it and dealing with survivors guilt. The stories range in focus on PTSD, nostalgia for lost loves and a lost home, to dealing with the adjustment of being an immigrant due to a war-torn country. This book provides an honest view into the emotional effects of war."

30 review for Letters from Diaspora: Stories of War and its Aftermath

  1. 4 out of 5

    R.

    The author uses more or less the same style than Svetlana Aleksiévich which is a style that I like a lot. The stories are powerful, saddening and beautiful, and yet the book seems a little bit incomplete to me. It has roughly 80 pages and it's a little bit expensive (15€), considering that the edition is nothing special to say the least (it doesn't even have the name written on the spine so when you put it in your bookshelf you do not even know what book it is, the spine is blank). So I like it The author uses more or less the same style than Svetlana Aleksiévich which is a style that I like a lot. The stories are powerful, saddening and beautiful, and yet the book seems a little bit incomplete to me. It has roughly 80 pages and it's a little bit expensive (15€), considering that the edition is nothing special to say the least (it doesn't even have the name written on the spine so when you put it in your bookshelf you do not even know what book it is, the spine is blank). So I like it but I thought it was going to be longer and I was expecting more when I purchased it.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Katherine Locke

    Heart wrenching and beautiful. Loved this and will definitely be revisiting it.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mandy

    If you've ever contemplated how people 'get over' war and genocide, Arnesa Buljušmić-Kustura has the answer in her debut novel Letters from Diaspora: Stories of War and its Aftermath: they don't. The war follows them everywhere, their trauma never leaves them and it simply gets quieter. To deal with my grief, I have been writing a lot about it and on one particularly grief wrenched day I wrote this: “Everyone says it will get better with time, but I have been in mourning my entire life. It’s If you've ever contemplated how people 'get over' war and genocide, Arnesa Buljušmić-Kustura has the answer in her debut novel Letters from Diaspora: Stories of War and its Aftermath: they don't. The war follows them everywhere, their trauma never leaves them and it simply gets quieter. To deal with my grief, I have been writing a lot about it and on one particularly grief wrenched day I wrote this: “Everyone says it will get better with time, but I have been in mourning my entire life. It’s a lie we want to believe but it never gets better, it gets quieter.”— Arnesa Buljušmić-Kustura (@Rrrrnessa) April 19, 2021 Letters from Diaspora: Stories of War and its Aftermath reads like an oral history and it's written in a very similar voice to that used by Svetlana Alexievitch. Alexievitch's Voices From Chernobyl was one of the best non-fiction books I've ever read and I very much enjoyed both the style and content of the book, however grim. Letters from Diaspora is not a book that is enjoyed. It's fiction, short at 98 pages and is twelve stories about twelve survivors of war and genocide in Bosnia. All of the subjects are living in the diaspora and speak about rage, loss, grief and being told to move on. There is no moving on. I finished Letters from Diaspora in one sitting; not surprising perhaps, given the length. It's an incredibly difficult subject matter to read but is a necessary and beautifully written book. I'd highly recommend this book, especially to teens. The short, accessible stories would be an ideal starting point for exploration and discussion.

  4. 4 out of 5

    sara

    I have been interviewing Iraqis in diaspora for a few years now, many who have gone through war and trauma, and this collection puts in poetry what I have a difficult time putting into words. This collection may not be about Iraq but it feels very close to my heart. Highly recommended.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Heartfelt series of statements The letters were eye-opening to read. The only issue was numerous spelling and grammar errors. I would like to seek out more information about this period in Bosnian history now.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Beautiful short little book. Each story broke my heart. I don’t think I’ve ever had a book make me cry as much. Highly recommended.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Emluxx

    Love Beautiful & heartbreaking. You can feel what these people have been through just by reading their stories. Definitely recommend this beautiful book.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Blerina

    The stories in this book all are haunting and heart wrenching but they had to be told. I am thankful that Arnesa wrote them down and I hope that people find their way to them. "He'll tell me, just as they all do, to forgive and forget. And it's okay because it's only those that do not go through the hell of war that are able to forgive those responsible for it." (Safet's story) "... and I died at the hands of men fighting for nationalism." (Hana's story) "Some nights it's like I can hear his scream The stories in this book all are haunting and heart wrenching but they had to be told. I am thankful that Arnesa wrote them down and I hope that people find their way to them. "He'll tell me, just as they all do, to forgive and forget. And it's okay because it's only those that do not go through the hell of war that are able to forgive those responsible for it." (Safet's story) "... and I died at the hands of men fighting for nationalism." (Hana's story) "Some nights it's like I can hear his screams. I hear all of their screams. It's shameful that the rest of the world couldn't." (Vesna's story)

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Beautifully written, powerfully poignant.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Melinda Mitchell

    Powerful stories of survival.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Morty Ortega

  12. 5 out of 5

    Louise Thompson

  13. 5 out of 5

    Destiny

  14. 4 out of 5

    Selma

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sehar

  16. 4 out of 5

    jennifer

  17. 4 out of 5

    Zack

  18. 5 out of 5

    d_caius

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lukrecija

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kaylee Evans

  21. 5 out of 5

    Elisabeth

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan Cromwell

  23. 4 out of 5

    Omar Shahin

  24. 4 out of 5

    Smitchell

  25. 5 out of 5

    Mary Avaux

  26. 5 out of 5

    Adis

  27. 5 out of 5

    Larisa

  28. 4 out of 5

    Gerardo

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lizzie

  30. 5 out of 5

    Badschnoodles Genevieve

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