They Would Never Hurt a Fly by Slavenka Drakulic
War Criminals on Trial in The Hague

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"Who were they? Ordinary people like you or me—or monsters?” asks internationally acclaimed author Slavenka Drakulic as she sets out to understand the people behind the horrific crimes committed during the war that tore apart Yugoslavia in the 1990s. Drawing on firsthand observations of the trials, as well as on other sources, Drakulic portrays some of the individuals accused of murder, rape, torture, ordering executions, and more during one of the most brutal conflicts in Europe in the twentieth century, including former Serbian president Slobodan Miloševic; Radislav Krstic, the first to be sentenced for genocide; Biljana Plavšic, the only woman accused of war crimes; and Ratko Mladic, now in hiding. With clarity and emotion, Drakulic  paints a wrenching portrait of a country needlessly torn apart.


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 July 26, 2005 by Penguin Books. 224 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel, War, Law & Philosophy, Professional & Technical, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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I don’t feel anything.” Others, such as the former Yugoslavian leader Slobodan Milosevic, killed (or had others kill) out of ambition: in Milosevic’s case, it appears that he thought war would keep him in power.

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They Would Never Hurt A Fly: War Criminals on Trial in the Hague by Slavenka Drakulic 182pp, Abacus, £8.99 When Slavenka Drakulic first sat down in courtoom number three of the war-crimes tribunal in The Hague, the sole public spectator of proceedings that day, she found herself drifting into ...

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Nevertheless, with a few exceptions, the snapshots are powerful and horrifying: they include a chilling description of the slaughter at Srebrenica through the eyes of a reluctant Bosnian soldier forced to kill or be killed, and a portrayal of an entire town's complicity in the murder of a Croatia...

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