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The Stone Fields: Love and Death in the Balkans

by Courtney Angela Brkic

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When she was twenty-three years old, Courtney Angela Brkic joined a UN-contracted forensic team in eastern Bosnia. Unlike many aid workers, Brkic was drawn there by her family history, and although fluent in the language, she was advised to avoid letting local workers discover her ethnicity. Her passionate narrative of establishing a morgue in a small town and excavating graves at Srebenica is braided with her family’s remarkable history in what was once Yugoslavia. The Stone Fields, deeply personal and wise, asks what it takes to prevent the violent loss of life, and what we are willing to risk in the process.

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"The massacre at Srebrenica in 1995, during which more than seven thousand people were killed, remains the most brutal act of genocide in Europe since World War II. In The Stone Fields, Courtney Angela Brkic, the author of Stillness, recounts in prose how she joined a forensic team working in eastern Bosnia-Herzegovina. She excavated the bodies of people killed in the massacre, assisted pathologists with autopsies, and arranged personal effects for photographing. In those items - the hand-knit socks, mended shirts, and half-destroyed photographs - she found more than proof of indiscriminate murder, however. Where some saw only nameless victims, she discerned men with individual histories, as well as families who were waiting for them." "Brkic has woven together her lyrical elegy to the region's recent dead with her Croatian family's story she tells of her grandmother's childhood in a Herzegovinian village surrounded by harsh limestone hills, her early widowhood and subsequent move to Sarajevo, and her imprisonment during World War II for hiding her Jewish lover. The saga culminates years later when Brkic's father escapes from Communist Yugoslavia." "The Stone Fields explores how the devastating consequences of war linger for generations; it asks what it takes to prevent the violent loss of life, and what we are willing to risk in the process."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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