Sarajevo Marlboro – Miljenko Jergovic

Sarajevo Marlboro by Miljenko Jergovic

Twenty-nine stories from besieged Sarajevo.  Mr Ivo rips up his rose garden to dig a well that provides water to his whole neighborhood.  A family sits in their small candlelit apartment waiting for a young man to return.  A gravedigger uses a pack of cigarettes to try to explain why life under siege is like a festival.

The stories are very short, often as little as three of four pages, and written in simple, accessible language.  They are almost all from civilian perspectives, and though the war is often the catalyst for conflict, it is not always central.

Jergovic shows admirable restraint in his use of violence and horror, often a crutch for war writing.  Instead, he engages the reader by exploring universal themes on human nature, and making one of the greatest tragedies of recent history shockingly mundane and relatable.


3 Responses to Sarajevo Marlboro – Miljenko Jergovic

  1. Inspiring story there. What happened after? Thanks!

    • Hi. Sorry for the slow reply. What happened after the siege of Sarajevo? Well, I’m no expert on Bosnian history, but after years of hand-wringing on the issue, a horrible massacre in the eastern part of the country finally pushed the UN to intervene. Air strikes were conducted on the Bosnian-Serb positions around Sarajevo, and they quickly capitulated. Their leaders have been, or are being, tried for war crimes. I hope that’s generally accurate. For more (reliable) information, you could always check out the source of all truth, Wikipedia.

  2. I get pleasure from, lead to I found exactly what I was taking a look for.
    You have ended my 4 day long hunt! God Bless you man. Have a nice
    day. Bye

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