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A Journey to the Rivers: Justice for Serbia (1996)
by Peter Handke
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0670873411, Hardcover)In Europe, where it has been seen as pro-Serbian, journalist Peter Handke's meditative essay on ethnic conflict in the former Yugoslavia has been stirring up a great deal of controversy. But Handke, a German and a longtime resident of Paris, disavows nationalist partisanship. Instead, he works to unravel the tangles of ethnic hatred, snarled over generations and centuries, to discover whether peace is possible in the Balkans, and he reserves his enmity for the European media, which, he maintains, has systematically misunderstood the collapse of the former communist world. This book is impressionistic and short--you can read it over coffee in about an hour--but also deeply thoughtful, and deeply unsettling.
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"Published in Germany in 1996, A Journey to the Rivers created a firestorm of controversy, being likened, by some, to revisionist writings mitigating Nazi guilt for World War II. But that is a grave misreading of the book, for Peter Handke proffers no justification or explanations for Serbian atrocities in the Balkan conflict. A Journey to the Rivers is, rather, both a scathing criticism of Western war reporting, which Peter Handke describes as lazy and mendacious, and a wonderfully sensitive and nuanced travelogue through Serbia."--BOOK JACKET.
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