S. by Slavenka Drakulic

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"S. may very well be one of the strongest books about war you will ever read. . . .The writing is taut, precise, and masterful." Set in 1992, during the height of the Bosnian war, S. reveals one of the most horrifying aspects of any 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. Its birth only reminds her of an even more grueling experience: being repeatedly raped by Serbian soldiers in the "women's room" of a prison camp. Through a series of flashbacks, S. relives the unspeakable crimes she has endured, and in telling her story—timely, strangely compelling, and ultimately about survival—depicts the darkest side of human nature during wartime.


About Slavenka Drakulic

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Slavenka Drakulic´ is the author of numerous books, including Café Europa: Life After Communism and S.: A Novel About the Balkans. Born in Croatia, she currently divides her time among Sweden, Austria, and Croatia.
Published January 1, 2001 by Penguin Books. 224 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, War. Fiction

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S., the title character, is a young schoolteacher living and working in a small Bosnian village when the Serbs overrun it in late May 1992.

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S. lies in the Karolinska Hospital in Sweden, where she has just given birth to a baby boy. She refuses to nurse him. Maj, in the next bed, is worried and shocked, but she is not aware of the trauma i

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She remembers life in the camp, where she was assigned to help E., the nurse, tend the sick, and the horrible rumors about the ""women's room,"" where women are taken for the Serbian soldiers to rape.

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