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The King of Tuzla

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King of Tuzla By Arnold Jansen op de Haar, book reviewArnold Jansen op de Haar’s “The King of Tuzla” shows signs of great promise but poor editing and a shoddy translation do much to overshadow the Dutchman’s debut novel. Fascinated by the events over the last few decades in Yugoslavia, I had expected to be enthralled by this novel; clearly based on the author’s own experiences as a United Nations peacekeeper in Bosnia, “The King of Tuzla” is the story of Tijman, an officer who commands respect from his men and makes a success of his mission but, at the same time, struggles to make sense of a growing feeling that this is no longer what he wants to do.

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How the Soldier Repairs the Gramophone

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“How the Soldier Repairs the Gramophone”  – Saša Staniši? Aleksandar Krsmanovic, the young hero of “How the Soldier Repairs the Gramophone“, doesn’t know why it matters what name you have, only that he has the right name. He enjoys an idyllic childhood in Bosnia until the sudden death of his grandfather, which happens at precisely the same time as Carl Lewis sets a new world record on television. Close to his grandfather, Aleksandar struggles to come to terms with his death, realising for the first time that life is finite, a discovery that inspires him to paint of a series of pictures of “unfinished things”.

Then the ethnic wars, which have already visited neighbouring countries, start to creep towards Višegrad.

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