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As If I Am Not There

Slavenka Drakulic

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

*A compelling novel set against the topical background of the Balkan war.

This is a story of hope and survival amidst the Balkan tragedy. S., a teacher in a Bosnian village, is 29 when war breaks out. One day a young Serbian soldier walks into her kitchen and tells her to pack her bag. She is taken to a concentration camp where there is a mysterious room. She soon finds out what it's for - the Serbs systematically rape their prisoners there. After some months S. finds out she is pregnant. She's devastated and resolves to have the baby aborted. However, when she's finally released it's too late and she when she's evacuated to Sweden she gives birth to the child. S. changes her mind about giving it up for adoption: she realises that it's not the child's fault that it was conceived in violence and that out of the act some good - this new life - can still come.

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Slavenka Drakulic

Slavenka Drakulic was born in Croatia. Her three novels and three non-fiction titles have been translated into many major European languages.

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