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Author Simić, Olivera, author.

Title Surviving peace : a political memoir / Olivera Simić
Published North Melbourne, Vic. : Spinifex Press, 2014


Description 1 online resource
Contents Copyright; Contents; Acknowledgements; Map A Socialist Federative Republic of Yugoslavia (SFRY); Map B Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH); Preface The Past Lives On; Chapter One Journeying Through War and Peace; Chapter Two Traitor or Truth Seeker?; Moral Responsibility; The Masculinity of War; Truth Seekers; Paying a High Price; How to Face the Past?; Chapter Three Moving From War to Peace; The NATO Bombings; Life as a Refugee; Building Peace; Where Are You From?; Chapter Four The Past is the Present; Chapter Five Victims and Survivors; From One Disaster to Another; Facing the Past Begins
Chapter Six Between Remembering and Forgetting Minefields; Conflicting War Memories; Epilogue Troubled Homeland; Appendix Timeline of Yugoslavia's Disintegration; Glossary; Bibliography; Index
Summary How do you pick up the pieces after your life is shattered by war? How do you continue living when your country no longer exists, your language is no longer spoken and your family is divided, not just by distance but by politics too? What happens when your old identity is taken from you and a new one imposed, one that you never asked for? When Olivera Simic was seven years old, President Tito died. Old divisions re-emerged as bitter ethnic conflicts unfolded. War arrived in 1992. People were no longer Yugoslavs but Serbs, Croatians, Bosnians. Old friends became enemies overnight. In this heartfelt account of life before, during, and after the Bosnian War and the NATO bombing of Serbia in 1999, Simic talks of her transition from peace to war and back again. She shows how she found the determination to build a new life when the old one was irretrievable. Traversing four continents, she takes us on her winding journey from Bosnia to Australia, revealing the complex challenges of adjusting to life in a new country and exposing the harsh reality of the post-traumatic stress that accompanies her. Simic strives to find the balance between wanting to move on to a different future and a pressing need to look back at a past that won't go away. The pull of her homeland remains irresistible despite it being ravaged by destruction, and her exposure of the war crimes that took place there means she is labeled both a traitor and a truth seeker. Surviving Peace is one woman's story of courage that echoes the stories of millions of people whose lives have been displaced by war. As we still face a world rife with armed conflict, this book is a timely reminder that once the last gunshot has been fired and the last bomb dropped, the new challenge of surviving peace begins
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes English
Subject Simić, Olivera.
Bosnian Australians -- Biography
Refugees -- Biography
Peacekeeping forces -- Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Yugoslav War, 1991-1995 -- Refugees
Yugoslav War, 1991-1995 -- Peace -- Psychological aspects
HISTORY -- Europe -- General.
Electronic books.
Peacekeeping forces.
Psychological aspects.
Sarajevo -- History -- Siege, 1992-1996 -- Personal narratives
Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Bosnia and Herzegovina -- Sarajevo.
Genre/Form Biographies.
Personal narratives.
Personal narratives.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781742198910