THROUGH THE EMBERS OF CHAOS
Publisher: John Murray
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Through the Embers of Chaos is an extraordinary achievement, it describes a journey that demanded the greatest emotional and physical stamina the result is a truly unusual view of the Balkan countryside.
The Yugoslav essayist Dubravka Ugresic wrote in 1996, ‘over the last five years numerous books have been published [about Yugoslavia] but, in this heap of spoken and written words, few have mentioned the ordinary people’. Through the Embers of Chaos, like Dervla’s other books focuses on these ordinary people. Through her travels Dervla tries to make sense of the confusing history and politics of this area. The acceptance of Yugoslavia’s disintegration by so many Western commentators exasperates her. She contends that had the Great Powers behaved otherwise, Yugoslavia could have survived. She sees at first hand the results of war crimes committed by various Balkan forces in Croatia, Bosnia Herzegovina and Kosovo, and she also forcibly indicts the Nato air war.