There was a problem adding your email address. In the scale of things, they were probably right not to worry about it, yet it was a strange choice all the same. No trivia or quizzes yet. Having written one of the most haunting books on the fighting in Bosnia, Seasons in Hell , he understands that readers can’t take too much of this kind of detail. May 01, Alana rated it really liked it. Please provide an email address. Understanding Bosnia’s War by Ed Vulliamy. Refresh and try again.

I actually had to insert the fruit. Although the narrative is mostly limited to Vulliamy’s own experience, that experience was broad, taking him to many of the key sites at key times–Vinkovci in Eastern Croatia, where the Serb-Croation war began; Bijelijna in Northeastern Bosnia, where the Serb-Bosnian war began; Prozor in Herzegovinia, where the Croat–Muslim war began; Sarajevo trying to hang on during the seige; Tuzla in East-Central Bosnia, which remained in Bosnian Army control throughout, and where waves of refugees from the ethnic cleansing in the East retreated; and Travnik in Central Bosnia, “the crossroads of the war”. Published December 2nd by St. Vullaimy shares the view of the western World and is collectively responsible for the very late interference of the West. I loved this book. Others also went on to write fine books: Today, each region is largely “cleansed”. Ed Vulliamy remains objective always, but never neutral:

It was very difficult to read, but gives an excellent narrative of the savage destruction endured by the Bosnian population during the early years of the war. There was a problem adding your email address.

Open Preview See a Problem? Sep 13, Bell Cesnik rated it it was amazing. Vulliamy was one of a small cadre of Western jounalists who tried to make sense of the Bosnian catastrophe for the outside world.

This is a reporter’s personal account of what he experienced, “a first draft of history” as the expression goes. Vulliamy that the Bosnian seculars are clearly favored a I have gotta get this out.


Very informative and interesting. Banja Luka was always mainly Orthodox and Sarajevo mainly Gulliamy, but only by slim majorities. Vullaimy is a typical example of the very English culture which is secular to its core and if I may say so tries to eradicate all religion. In the second incident, five prisoners were forced at gunpoint to run through a minefield. First of all the man is exploiting the plight of a Whole people Bosnian muslims for his own gains it seems as the book more resembles a criminal fiction to enjoy with a box of chocolates in front of an open fire than a sober account of the dissaster that overtook the Bosnian muslims.


He makes no effort to hide his seasobs for the politicians who engendered the butchery or the diplomats who made it possible. They were linked together with barbed wire, which had been painstakingly threaded through their tongues.

Kevin Dillon rated it liked it Nov 06, Sep 17, Stephanie Mason rated it it was amazing. Vulliamy has been covering the war in the former Yugoslavia for the Guardian, winning several awards for his reportage, much of which has gone into this volume. Food was thrown in to them once a day, and the prisoners had to scrabble for it in vullia,y own faeces. If readers are seeking an objective and detached history of this conflict, this is the wrong book.

For example, he attacks the former foreign secretary Douglas Hurd, who had handled the Serbs with kid gloves while in office, for doing business deals with them once he had left. Ryan Welborn rated it liked it Jan 31, Books by Ed Vulliamy.

Martin’s Press first published January 1st He quotes Edgar Allan Poe: Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert. Return to Book Page. Vulliamy is, as I say, a passionate man, and this is a book of great passion. I have gotta get this out. Want to Read saving….


hsll Apr 03, Greg rated it liked it. Vullaimy shares the view of the western World and is collectively responsible for the very late interference of the West.

Serjeant Wildgoose rated it really liked it Mar 07, Seasos rated it really liked it Aug 03, It is impossible not to share his outrage, both at the scale and breadth of the atrocities carried out, and at the inexcusable failure of the international community to prevent or address them.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. I give it five stars, not for its scholarship or its comprehensiveness–it is neither scholarly nor complete–but for its captivating sheer vividness and passion.

A shocking chronicle of the war raging in Bosnia-Herzegovina offers a close-up look at the atocities of ‘ethnic cleansing’ giving a glimpse of the realities of modern concentration camps, and provides an explanation of the conflict’s historical background.

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Seasons in Hell: Understanding Bosnia’s War by Ed Vulliamy

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The terror and forced-resettlement that occasioned this are the central themes of the book. Tetsu rated it liked it Apr 12, Refresh and try again. For those journalists who took it up, the Bosnian cause, like La Causa of the Spanish civil war, became all-encompassing.

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