They Would Never Hurt a Fly

They Would Never Hurt a Fly : War Criminals on Trial in The Hague

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A novelist and journalist confronts the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. "Who were they? Ordinary people like you or me - or monsters?" asks internationally acclaimed author Slavenka Drakulic as she sets out to understand the people behind the horrific crimes committed during the war that tore apart Yugoslavia in the 1990s. Drawing on firsthand observations of the trials, as well as on other sources, Drakulic portrays some of the individuals accused of murder, rape, torture, ordering executions, and more during one of the most brutal conflicts in Europe in the 20thC, including former Serbian president Slobodan Milosevic; Radislav Krstic, the first to be sentenced for genocide; Biljana Plavsic, the only woman accused of war crimes; and Ratko Mladic, now in hiding. With clarity and emotion, Drakulic paints a wrenching portrait of a country needlessly torn apart.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 130 x 196 x 16mm | 176g
  • Penguin USA
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0143035428
  • 9780143035428
  • 88,559

Table of contents

Introduction: Not a Fairy Tale
1. Why The Hague
2. Justice Is Boring
3. A Suicide Scenario
4. A Quiet Night in October
5. Boys Just Had Fun
6. He Would Never Hurt a Fly
7. "Triumph of Evil"
8. One Day in the Life of Drazen Erdemovic
9. A Beast in a Cage
10. Ribbons and Bows
11. Punished by the Gods
12. The Metamorphosis of Biljana Plavsic
13. Why We Need Monsters
Epilogue: Brotherhood and Unity
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Review quote

With the craft of a major journalist, Drakulic4 distills the proceedings into economical, evocative narratives ("Elle")
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About Slavenka Drakulic

Slavenka Drakulic was born in Croatia in 1949. The author of several works of nonfiction and novels, she has written for The New York Times, The Nation, The New Republic, and numerous publications around the world.
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3 15% (174)
2 3% (40)
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