A Story of Anarchy, Music, the Wall, and the Birth of the New Berlin
Hardcover ISBN: 162097195x
Chronicles the 1989 fall of the Berlin Wall through the lend of the divided city's underground punk culture, arguins that the raw urban vibe of the early 1990s shapes the new Berlin and is still evident in the city today.
Midnight in Chernobyl
The Untold Story of the World's Greatest Nuclear Disaster
Hardcover ISBN: 1501134612
Draws on twenty years of research, recently declassified files, and interviews with survivors in an account of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster that also reveals how propaganda and secrets have created additional dangers.
The Bosnia List
A Memoir of War, Exile, and Return
Paperback ISBN: 0143124579
"A young survivor of the Bosnian War returns to his homeland to confront the people who betrayed his family. At age eleven, Kenan Trebincevic was a happy, karate-loving kid living with his family in the quiet Eastern European town of Brcko. Then, in the spring of 1992, war broke out and his friends, neighbors and teammates all turned on him. Pero - Kenan's beloved karate coach - showed up at his door with an AK-47, screaming: "You have one hour to leave or be killed!" Kenan's only crime: he was Muslim. This poignant, searing memoir chronicles Kenan's miraculous escape from the brutal ethnic cleansing campaign that swept the former Yugoslavia. After two decades in the United States, Kenan honors his father's wish to visit their homeland, making a list ofwhat he wants to do there. Kenan decides to confront the former next door neighbor who stole from his mother, see the concentration camp where his Dad and brother were imprisoned and stand on the grave of his first betrayer to make sure he's really dead.Back in the land of his birth, Kenan finds something more powerful-and shocking-than revenge"--
A Memoir of the Warsaw Uprising
Paperback ISBN: 1590176650
A Memoir of the Warsaw Uprising is both a work of memory and a work about memory. Miron Bialoszewski, the great avant-garde Polish poet, memorializes the doomed uprising of the Polish population against their Nazi masters, which began on August 1, 1944, and was eventually abandoned on October 2, 1944, with the physical destruction of Warsaw, street by street and house by house, and the slaughter of 200,000 civilians. Yet Bialoszewski begins his memoir not with an invocation of the great historical events about to unfold but with a simple observation: “Tuesday, August 1, 1944, was cloudy, humid, not too warm...and I remember that there were many trolleys, cars, and people and that right after I reached the corner of Zelazna Street, I realized what day it was (the first of August) and I thought to myself, more or less in these words: ‘August 1 is Sunflower Day.’
The Impossible Country
A Journey Through the Last Days of Yugoslavia
Paperback ISBN: 0140249230
“A tragic portrait . . . presented with sympathy and frequently with humor . . . [of] a disparate people who were never united except by their resentment of a foreign conqueror.
The Odyssey of a Polish Intellectual
Paperback ISBN: 1590170652
In My Century the great Polish poet Aleksander Wat provides a spellbinding account of life in Eastern Europe in the midst of the terrible twentieth century. Based on interviews with Nobel Prize winner Czeslaw Milosz, My Century describes the artistic, sexual, and political experimentation --in which Wat was a major participant-- that followed the end of World War I: an explosion of talent and ideas which, he argues, in some ways helped to open the door to the destruction that the Nazis and Bolsheviks soon visited upon the world. But Wat's book is at heart a story of spiritual struggle and conversion. He tells of his separation during World War II from his wife and young son, of his confinement in the Soviet prison system, of the night when the sound of far-off laughter brought on a vision of "the devil in history." "It was then," Wat writes, "that I began to be a believer."
More Was Lost
Paperback ISBN: 1590179498
The author known for her gardening book recounts how she fell in love with, and married, a Hungarian baron while on European holiday, covering her experiences on their struggling country estate amidst the difficulties of World War II.
The Year That Keeps Returning
Hardcover ISBN: 1590176731
A New York Review Books Original The distinguished Croatian journalist and publisher Slavko Goldstein says, “Writing this book about my family, I have tried not to separate what happened to us from the fates of many other people and of an entire country.
Among the Living and the Dead
A Tale of Exile and Homecoming
Paperback ISBN: 0393356191
Inara Verzemnieks was raised by her Latvian grandparents in Washington State, among expatriates who scattered smuggled Latvian sand over coffins, the children singing folk songs about a land none of them had visited. Her grandmother Livija