'A major and complex contribution to war literature' – Guardian
Quiet Flows the Una is a semi-autobiographical novel about a soldier suffering from the trauma of the Bosnian War, who suddenly finds himself wandering the lost and poetic corners of his memory after being hypnotized.
The author, Faruk Šehić, joined a paramilitary unit for three years. He led 150 men into battle and was present at atrocities committed by both sides. Prior to the conflict he was an aspiring poet. His experiences shadow the novel as, with Nabokovian lushness, he reconstructs his childhood in pre-war Yugoslavia, visiting his Grandmother's house and meandering the idyllic banks of the river Una. In Quiet Flows the Una Šehić has successfully put into art the complexities of his own, and countless others', post-traumatic stress disorder.
Translated from the Bosnian by Will Firth
The Una of the mind flows on with its submerged treasures, shining in the darkness from which its author has salvaged it. Through his exploration of war and peace, innocence and grief, Šehić has composed a humbling meditation on an existential conundrum that is central to collective and private trauma, but also to more ordinary human experience: how to keep the inner self whole in a world that will assault it in unimaginable ways. – Guardian
The majestic Una river becomes a metaphor for life and death in this delicate, haunting novel by a veteran of the Bosnian war … vivid, recurring and at times fantastical. – Irish Times
FARUK ŠEHIĆ was born in 1970 in Bihac, Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. Until the outbreak of war in 1992, he studied veterinary medicine in Zagreb. However, the then 22-year old voluntarily joined the army of Bosnia and Herzegovina, in which he led a unit of 130 men.
|Date Published||21st March 2016|
Quiet Flows The Una
- Product Code: Paperback
- Author: Faruk Šehić