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Sarajevo Marlboro by Miljenko Jergovic
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Dec 15, 2003 | ISBN 9780972869225

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“Miljenko Jergovic’s Sarajevo Marlboro relies on minute details, such as a dead cactus and a grandmother’s ring, to distinguish individuals’ numbed reactions to the devastation of the Bosnian war. There’s a melancholy, dreamlike sameness to Jergovic’s war stories that recalls Alan Lightman’s use of time in Einstein’s Dreams and Italo Calvino’s meditations on place in Invisible Cities, but Jergovic’s book is the strongest of the three.”
Maud Newton, Newsday,Favorite Book of the Year”
“A remarkable collection . . . Grim, beautiful ruminations on how the familiarities of life can, in the instant a bomb drops, become unrecognizable . . . With a natural sense of stopping point and courage to spare, Jergovic has the mien of the rare author whose gift is so innate he need only conquer a few demons and steady his hands enough to write it all down.”
San Diego Union Tribune

“Poetic and moving . . . Of the many books written on Bosnia, this collection of stories is perhaps the best.”
Slavenka Drakulic
Praise for Kin:
“Vast, generous-spirited story of family across the face of the 20th century in the turbulent Balkans . . . There is beauty aplenty, and ample monstrosity, in Jergović’s account, as well as many moments of mystery: a beekeeper’s coded journal, the alpenglow that surrounds Sarajevo as surely as a besieging army, the “living torment” that is existence, all come under Jergović’s empathetic eye. A masterwork of modern European letters that should earn the author a wide readership outside his homeland.”
Kirkus, starred review
“[Jergović’s] astonishing project offers endless rewards.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review
“A superb English translation . . . Kin is deeply interested in moments that trickle down through the years, and how, even when languages and the names of countries have changed, when wars have completely reshaped the region, these fleeting seconds have stayed rooted in a family’s mind.”
Sarah McEachern, The Los Angeles Review of Books

“Part novel, part memoir, part philosophical discourse and part historical account, I couldn’t wait to start reading this one every morning: Its peaks are some of the most bracing reading I’ve done in a decade. Highest recommendation.”
John Darnielle

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