Zlata's Diary

Zlata's Diary

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Zlata Filipovic was given a diary shortly before her 10th birthday. An ordinary, if unusually intelligent and articulate little girl, her preoccupations include whether or not to join the Madonna Fan Club and the fate of the supermodels. But in Sarajevo, the war draws closer.show more

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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 109.22 x 175.26 x 17.78mm | 136.08g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • Illustrations, facsims.,ports.
  • 0140240098
  • 9780140240092

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Originally published in Croat by UNICEF, this is the wartime diary of a Sarajevo girl who has since moved to Paris. Zlata began keeping her diary at the age of 11, nearly eight months before the shelling of Sarajevo began. A chronicle that begins in September 1991 with Zlata buying school supplies is forced, by March 1993, to reckon with the fact that all "the schools near me are either unusable or full of refugees." Zlata's voice, understandably, has difficulty maturing at a pace demanded by the events it records, and some passages communicate more bathos than outrage or insight. But that's history's fault, not Zlata's. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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