Black Butterflies: SHORTLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZE 2023

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Black Butterflies: SHORTLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZE 2023

Black Butterflies: SHORTLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZE 2023

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The author’s note clarifies which two persons' experiences she combined and adapted into this story. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice.

Zora Kočović is a professor of art at the Academy of Fine Arts at the University in Sarajevo, where she lives with her husband Franjo, a former journalist and eighty-three-year-old mother, who spends winters at their flat. As the assault deepens and everything they love is laid to waste, black ashes floating over the rooftops, Zora and her friends are forced to rebuild themselves, over and over. Throughout the book, we are so connected that we see the city change, we feel Zora’s emotions and we live her existence. Black Butterflies is a rare gem of a novel that celebrates kindness amidst horror, without romanticising war in any way. Because I read the audiobook edition I wasn't able to read the Author's Note, but I found this article that explains how the novel relates to the author's family.It comes at an apt time because it testifies to the ease and speed with which things can fall apart. Black Butterflies paints a portrait of a devastating moment in history, but also of one woman’s capacity for beauty and resilience. It's been a long time since then and I thought I'd had my fill until this novel by Priscilla Morris came along with its enticing cover, for the 30th anniversary of the siege. I was appreciative of an opportunity to read about a period in history I knew absolutely nothing about. The little contact she had with her family on the telephone too comes to an end, when lines are cut off.

Each night, nationalist gangs erect barricades, splitting the diverse city into ethnic enclaves; each morning, the residents – whether Muslim, Croat or Serb – push the makeshift barriers aside. Nisam baš sigurna šta sam tačno očekivala, ali ovo što sam dobila je onako, recimo ok, tačno pisana za zapadnjake. The title has heartrending significance: ‘black butterflies’ are fragments of paper carried on the breeze after the burning of the National Library of Sarajevo, 30 years ago last month.Familiar daily life collapses by degrees - first the phone is cut off, then the electricity, finally the water, and through Zora we begin to experience life in a modern city under siege.



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