Balkan Express and reading books in the middle of nowhere

It is not unreasonable to say that words are the miracle of life, and the book is a companion of patience that, in the midst of despair, accompanies tears and mourning to save man. . War, this ruthless monster whose name is dying, gave birth to books that have not been saved and lives that have not been saved by these books. Croatian writer, journalist and essayist Slavonka Drakulic is one of those who dedicated her life and youth to overcoming this monster; But not alone on the front lines and in the war. Drakulic has chosen words to fight fear and despair, having lived in the reserves of the Yugoslav civil war. The Balkan Express by Slavonka Drakulic is a summary of pure experiences from the horrors of war in Yugoslavia to its end. Notes written in the same days with all the fears and hopes.

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It is not unreasonable to say that words are the miracle of life, and the book is a companion of patience that, in the midst of despair, accompanies tears and mourning to save man. . War, this ruthless monster whose name is dying, gave birth to books that have not been saved and lives that have not been saved by these books. Croatian writer, journalist and essayist Slavonka Drakulic is one of those who dedicated her life and youth to overcoming this monster; But not alone on the front lines and in the war. Drakulic has chosen words to fight fear and despair, having lived in the reserves of the Yugoslav civil war. The Balkan Express by Slavonka Drakulic is a summary of pure experiences from the horrors of war in Yugoslavia to its end. Notes written in the same days with all the fears and hopes.

I wrote the Balkan Express because I had to write about the war

The closer the war got, the stronger my sense of need to write about the war and nothing else. And became stronger. I finally found myself writing a book, because in spite of everything, I still believe in the power of words and the need to communicate. And now this is the only thing I know I believe in.

Slavonka Drakulic, the author best known for "Communism Gone, We Stayed and Even Laughed," publishes "Balkan Express" with these quotes. In fact, he wrote the book with the same general focus after "Communism Gone, We Stayed and Even Laughed" and then launched "Cafe Europe" as the third book in the trilogy of Yugoslav civil wars. The book "Balkan Express" directly brings together the experiences of an investigative journalist (the like of which is rare in countries involved in riots). He does not just write about his daily life in a war crisis. His life is tied to his profession and he seeks answers for every fear or hope, and perhaps it is better to say that he becomes a fulcrum.

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Slavonka Drakulic, author of the book

In the days when Drakulic admits they were more violent than he imagined about the war, he documented various aspects of the war. , Goes to people who, far or near, are going through various experiences of war. These people sometimes appear in the image of his daughter, representing the youth who want to live with the highest desirable quality and do not fall short of this demand; Even if it is in the form of quality toilet paper! Sometimes he writes about children who, willingly or unwillingly, are captured by the borders of adults and put a big shock on the forehead of childhood innocence.

Our neighbor's 12-year-old boy, while playing with a kitchen knife, says: His mother slaps him in the face. The rest of the great men at the table lower their heads and know that the main fault of his words is on them. Of course, the boy is just playing. Now his children of the same age in Belgrade are probably no longer playing thieves and police - they also talk about what they are going to do to the Croats. If there is a future at all. I'm worried about this future. The future is that if this situation continues, these guys might really do the same. - Part of the book -

The vague future that Draculic speaks of has only one dimension. When he goes to his mother, he sees her worried: "You mean they leave your father's grave safe?" The difference between the father's tomb and other tombs is that it has a sign; A sign that was once a source of pride. The Yugoslav youth once considered themselves a symbol of communism and loyalty to Tito (leader of the Yugoslav Communist Union), and fighting under that banner was a sign of courage, but now what has happened is not a manifestation of the ideal they have fought for. Now this mark must be destroyed and Drakulic's mother knows this well.

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Slavonka Drakulic in the year Born in 1949 in the city of Rijeka, history and geography are now said to be within the borders of Croatia, but the days are long gone and the region to which it belongs has changed its name many times. In The Balkan Express, Drakulic seeks to relate to the experience that this name has brought to the people of the changes and the comings and goings. This is a historical record that does not appear in any history book.

Draculic is a master of engagement. The introduction to his books engages the audience in such a way that he is unlikely to drop the book; Especially if he has similar experiences. It is this quality of life in war that not only gives you a sense of fear of the future and loss, but also contributes. You become an accomplice of the war; Where do you accuse your asylum-seeking friend that in these circumstances, when is it time to buy high heels? Or you ask yourself, "Can I fall in love?" And all this while pretending that this war is separate from your forced life, and sometimes you subtly say that it has nothing to do with me!

Among this series of shared experiences, there is one thing that is understood by the inhabitants of developing countries They do not: that no matter how devastating the war is, you are no more important to the rest of the world than a royal marriage or the fall of a company. Your place is not at the top of the news and how many people in the world know that twelve people were killed in the same day that you traveled from Yugoslavia to a quiet and luxurious corner of Europe?

In the book "Balkan Express" which is named after him. The author repeatedly mentions how the Balkans seem to be excluded from being "European" and that no one, even the citizens of the region, consider the Balkans "European".

The name of Yugoslavia in The wars, which lasted from 1989 until the collapse in 1991 and even later until 1992, have gone down in history and now include Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia and Montenegro (which has declared independence since 2006). . During these comings and goings and name changes, Draculic was also subjected to hostile attacks and was forced to leave his hometown in the midst of political turmoil. He lived for a time in Stockholm, Sweden, where he continued to record and research everyday life in war and unrest.

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A scene from the ruins of the war in the Croatian town of Vukvar in 1991

Most of this author's books have been translated into Persian, including a trilogy His famous "Communism is gone, we stayed and even laughed", "Balkan Express" and "Cafe Europe" have been published by Goman Publishing in a collection called "Experience and the Art of Living". It should be noted that all books in this collection, which cover a wide range of topics and authors around the world, are recommended for reading. The number 22, which is listed on the cover of the Persian version of the book "Balkan Express", means that this book is the twenty-second book in this collection. Khashayar Deihimi, the head of the "Experience and Art of Living" collection, says in the introduction about the books in this collection: "Philosophy is not just an academic field to be studied at the university, and it is specific to certain people who study in this field." Philosophy belongs to everyone, and we all ask questions from childhood that have a clear philosophical aspect. These questions and their answers determine everyone's "way of life." This series addresses philosophical issues that we all face in some way in life, from general questions such as "meaning of life" and "happiness" to more detailed issues such as pain, forgiveness, fear, boredom, jealousy, love, immortality, and so on. The language of these books is not technical and can be read by anyone. Dehimi also once wrote on his personal Facebook account, noting that he usually does not introduce works that have a role in their creation, that the book "Balkan Express" should be read according to the time: "Sometimes there are books that can be read. And it is necessary that they are not seen and read as they should be due to side reasons, and this is a pity. I want to introduce you to one of these books. "Balkan Express" by Slavonka Drakulic (author of Communism Gone, We Stayed and Laughed) with a very good translation by Sona Anzabinejad, a report on the civil wars in the Balkans.

Slavonka Drakulic, author of " "Balkan Express" graduated from the University of Zagreb in the fields of comparative literature and sociology. He has published his articles first in the Croatian press and then in prestigious international publications such as the New York Times, Nation, La Stampa, Frankfurter and others. In addition to his non-fiction articles and books, he has several fiction works, but his most recent book is again related to most of his activities and is called "A Guide to Visiting the Museum of Communism." Fortunately, this book has also been translated into Persian and translated by Babak Vahedi and published by Mahi Publishing.

"Balkan Express" with its fluent translation and edited prose is a good start for reading books such as "Experience and Art" it's life. Especially since its author knows journalism well and touches on areas of life that anyone can touch with their skin and bones, and speaks of emotions that are difficult for us to express. If we know these feelings correctly and if we read and experience the experiences of others, according to Khashayar Dehimi, our way of life and what we are looking for will be determined. Cutting the book coat is also an advantage that can easily take the book with you in the bag, subway, bus and waiting room of the doctor's office.

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