Posted by: koolwine | November 21, 2010

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Zlata’s Diary

The diary of a 5th grade girl reveals an average family’s living conditions during the Bosnian War.

Country Focus: Bosnia and Herzegovina (Bosna i Hercegovina in Bosnian)

Zlata’s Diary: A Child’s Life in Sarajevo
Zlata Filipović; translated by Christina Pribichevich-Zorić
Originally published in France as Le Journal de Zlata by Fixot, 1993.
My edition: Penguin, 1995.
197 pgs.

Acclaim: National Bestseller

To make a long story short: What begins as a typical preteen regurgitation of ski trips, favorite TV shows and good grades turns into an outlet for fear, confusion and horror as eleven-year-old Zlata Filipović witnesses her country descend into what would become known as the Bosnian War.  From January 1991 through 1993, Filipović shares her family’s predicament: their neighborhood in Sarajevo is shelled, their friends are killed, and basic necessities become scarce.  Throughout her diary, which she names “Mimmy,” Filipović urgently pleas for peace and mourns her stolen childhood.


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