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A Novel About the Balkans
(As If I Am Not There)
A novel by


"A writer of senstivity, intelligence and grace."
Alice Walker

Slavenka Drakulic's works of reportage have brilliantly rendered the political and social unrest in Eastern Europe, and her novel The Taste of a Man, was praised as "stunningly good ... superbly crafted, with a journalist's eye for detail and a poet's feel for emotional truth". (Elle) Now, Drakulic again combines the best of both in S. her latest, most haunting novel to date.

Set in 1992, during the height of the Bosnian war, S. reveals one of the most gruesome aspects of war; the rape and torture of civilian women by occupying forces. S. is the story of a Bosnian woman in exile who has just given birth to an unwanted child; one without a country, a name, a father, or a language. It is the birth of this child that reminds her of an even more grueling experience--being repeatedly raped by Serbian soldiers in the "women's room" of a prison camp in Bosnia. Through a series of flashbacks, S. relives the unspeakable crimes she has endured and in telling her story, depicts the blackest side of human nature during wartime. Timely, harrowing, and strangely compelling, with S. Drakulic once again proves her worth as "a writer of senstivity, intelligence and grace." (Alice Walker)

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Used availability for Slavenka Drakulic's S

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Hardback Editions

January 2000 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: S.
Author(s): Slavenka Drakulic
ISBN: 0-670-89097-9 / 978-0-670-89097-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Viking Adult
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November 1999 : UK Hardback
Title: As If I Am Not There
Author(s): Slavenka Drakulic
ISBN: 0-356-21829-5 / 978-0-356-21829-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Little, Brown
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Paperback Editions

January 2001 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: S.: A Novel About the Balkans
Author(s): Slavenka Drakulic
ISBN: 0-14-029844-4 / 978-0-14-029844-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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November 1999 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: As If I Am Not There
Author(s): Slavenka Drakulic
ISBN: 0-349-11262-2 / 978-0-349-11262-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Abacus
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Kindle Editions

January 2013 : UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: As If I Am Not There
Author(s): Slavenka Drakulic
Publisher: Abacus
Availability: Amazon UK   

January 2001 : USA Kindle edition
thumbTitle: S.: A Novel about the Balkans
Author(s): Slavenka Drakulic
Publisher: Penguin Books
Availability: Amazon   

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