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When Halid, a Muslim war hero, returns home after the Bosnian War, he finds that his own battles have just begun. Although his village was spared from heavy combat, it is a panorama of scarcity and decay. Over the course of three days, Halid wanders in search of those who remain. Altered, disoriented, and confused, he experiences his town as a shifting landscape of new alliances and old grievances. There is no room for error in this time of upheaval, and Halid’s missteps threaten to pull him into a spiral of insanity and tragedy. This vivid, lyrical debut novel resonates with the timeless folktale voice of Gabriel Garcia Marquez and the psychological intensity of Jerzy Kosinski’s The Painted Bird.
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Halid, a young Muslim "war hero," returns home from the Bosnian War. Although his village was spared heavy combat, it has been ravaged by years of privation and heartbreak, and by the blood politics that continue to boil.
The community is tight-knit and lively, as it has been for hundreds of years, yet alliances between friends and neighbors, among Muslims, Christians, and Gypsies, shift and twitch and explode from strain. Halid the soldier has faced his fear of enemy fire; Halid the son is afraid of the arms of his waiting mother. He is weary and alone, but home is the last place he wants to be.
In this new classic of war and loss, Natasha Radojcic's earthy prose and stirring compassion bring her characters to life to deliver the truth about war's crushing effects on the human spirit. Her love for humanity and for language makes the joy of reading "Homecoming equal to the pain of the truth it reveals.
NATASHA RADOJCIC was born in Belgrade. In her early twenties, on her own, she came to New York City, earned an MFA in fiction writing from Columbia University, and stayed. She is the author of Homecoming.
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Book Description Four Walls Eight Windows, 2002. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1568582390