Zlata's Diary: A Child's Life in Wartime Sarajevo: Revised Edition

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Penguin, Feb 28, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 240 pages
The child's diary that awakened the conscience of the world

When Zlata’s Diary was first published at the height of the Bosnian conflict, it became an international bestseller and was compared to The Diary of Anne Frank, both for the freshness of its voice and the grimness of the world it describes. It begins as the day-to-day record of the life of a typical eleven-year-old girl, preoccupied by piano lessons and birthday parties. But as war engulfs Sarajevo, Zlata Filipovic becomes a witness to food shortages and the deaths of friends and learns to wait out bombardments in a neighbor’s cellar. Yet throughout she remains courageous and observant. The result is a book that has the power to move and instruct readers a world away.
 

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User Review  - benuathanasia - LibraryThing

Meh. Zlata writes without the level of emotion required to draw me in. Quite a bit of it was just a relaying of events. She seems largely disconnected from what was going on around her. Read full review

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User Review  - indygo88 - LibraryThing

It's hard to rate & review a diary. I found this enlightening, given my relative ignorance in respect to wartime in Sarajevo in the early 1990's. However, it wasn't what I would call a gripping read ... Read full review

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About the author (2006)

Zlata Filipovic wrote her diary between September 1991 and October 1993. Following its publication, she was awarded the Special Child of Courage Award by the Simon Wiesenthal Center. She and her family left Sarajevo in December of 1993, and used the proceeds from the book to launch a charity for child victims of the Bosnian war.

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