With Their Backs to the World by Asne Seierstad
Portraits from Serbia

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From beloved international reporter Åsne Seierstad comes a remarkable exploration of the lives of ordinary Serbs under the regime of Slobodan Milosevic-during the dramatic events leading up to his fall, and finally in the troubled years that have followed. Seierstad traveled extensively through Serbia between 1999 and 2004, following the lives of people from across the political spectrum. Her moving and perceptive account follows nationalists, Titoists, Yugonostalgics, rock stars, fugitives, and poets. Seierstad brings her acclaimed attention to detail to bear on the lives of those whom she encounters in With Their Backs to the World, as she creates a kaleidoscopic portrait of a nation made up of so many different-and often conflicting-hopes, dreams, and points of view.

About Asne Seierstad

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Asne Seierstad is an award-winning journalist who has reported from such war-torn regions as Chechnya, the Balkans, Iraq and Afghanistan.
Published November 7, 2006 by Basic Books. 354 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel. Non-fiction

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Seierstad has trod the bloody ground of Afghanistan (The Bookseller of Kabul, 2003) and Iraq (A Hundred and One Days, 2005) and here recounts her experiences in Serbia between 1999 and 2004.

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With Their Backs to the World: Portraits from Serbia by Åsne Seierstad, translated by Sindre Kartvel 340pp, Virago, £7.99 Among a multitude of books that convey the drama of Yugoslavia's violent disintegration and the emergence of five new countries, Åsne Seierstad's stands out.

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