By Slavenka Drakulic
"S. could possibly be one of many most powerful books approximately battle you'll ever learn. . . .The writing is taut, specific, and masterful."
Set in 1992, in the course of the top of the Bosnian conflict, S. finds probably the most frightening points of any conflict: the rape and torture of civilian ladies by way of occupying forces. S. is the tale of a Bosnian girl in exile who has simply given start to an undesirable child—one and not using a kingdom, a reputation, a father, or a language. Its start in basic terms reminds her of a fair extra grueling adventure: being again and again raped by means of Serbian infantrymen within the "women's room" of a jail camp. via a sequence of flashbacks, S. relives the unspeakable crimes she has persevered, and in telling her story—timely, unusually compelling, and finally approximately survival—depicts the darkest facet of human nature in the course of wartime.
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Yes, my dear,” he had said softly, trying his best to sound as certain as she was. ” She was staring deeply into his eyes now. Her body may have been as limp as a dish towel, but her gaze still carried that same strength that could some how always force him to look at her. “For me, Heaven isn’t far away. I won’t have to wait long. But you, my love, you will. You’ll have to wait. You’ll have to live out the rest of your life, spending years—maybe decades—without me. ” She smiled as playfully as her condition would allow.
Surface ships were used to ﬁghting in formations and took pride in the disciplined uniformity of their maneuvers. Assuming the Selfridge and the O’Bannon had each put ﬁve torpedoes in the wa ter to add to Chevalier’s ﬁve, the Japanese ships now had a small armada of ﬁfteen torpedoes speeding in their direction. Tremain had hardly had time to digest the thought when a deafening salvo blasted the night apart. The Chevalier’s main gun battery had engaged. The deck shook from the simultane ous reports, until Tremain thought the whole ship might shake apart.
It was the Chevalier’s captain, undoubtedly shaking his head in disgust. 26 R. CAMERON COOKE The rugged destroyer captain was probably wondering why he ever agreed to give this rubber-legged submariner a ride to Australia. Of course, what these surface sailors did not understand— Tremain concluded, to make himself feel better—was that a little staggering was understandable in a submariner, since the cramped bridge of a submarine never allowed a man to walk thirty paces in a straight line. “He’s laughing at you, sir,” Fabriano said suddenly, boldly, almost like a challenge.
S.: A Novel about the Balkans by Slavenka Drakulic