The Fortress by Mesa Selimovic
(Writings from an Unbound Europe)

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The Fortress is one of the most significant and fascinating novels to come out of the former Yugoslavia. Ahmet Shabo returns home to eighteenth-century Sarajevo from the war in Russia, numbed by the death in battle or suicide of nearly his entire military unit. In time he overcomes the anguish of war, only to find that he has emerged a reflective and contemplative man in a society that does not value, and will not tolerate, the subversive implications of these qualities.

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Selimovic is one of the most significant writers to emerge from Bosnia and Herzegovina. He was born in Sarajevo, of Muslim descent. Rakic is a visiting associate professor of Slavic literature at Indiana University.
Published September 1, 1999 by Northwestern University Press. 406 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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This long, thoughtful novel by the late Yugoslavian-born author (1910—82) of Death and the Dervish, etc., traces the fate of its narrator, Ahmet Sabo, a Bosnian war veteran who returns home from the Russian front to a family decimated by plague and a populace fixated on the violence he has dreame...

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Ahmet goes to a rich man, Shehaga, to plead his friend's case, and for reasons of his own, Shehaga and his dashing steward, Osman Vuk, arrange a raid upon the prison, freeing Ramiz.

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