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A true portrait of one of the world's most chaotic and beautiful regions that explains why violence has always occurred there — and why it may continue for years to come.

The vast and mountainous area that makes up the Balkans is rife with discord, both cultural and topographical. And, as Simon Winchester superbly demonstrates in this intimate portrait of the region, much of the political strife of the past century can be traced to its inherent contrasts. With the aid of a guide and linguist, Winchester traveled deep into the region's most troublesome areas — including Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Montenegro, Albania, Kosovo, and Turkey — just as the war was tearing these countries apart. The result is a book not just about war but also about how war affects the living. Both timeless and current, The Fracture Zone goes behind the headlines to offer a true picture of a region that has always been on the brink. Winchester's remarkable journey puts all the elements together — the faults, the fractures, and the chaos — to make sense out of a seemingly senseless place.

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"Scholarly and moving....[Winchester] combines historical significance with dramatic insight." Independent on Sunday (London)

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The bestselling author of "The Professor and the Madman" turns his journalistic skills to the eternal strangeness of southeast Europe, the region known as the Balkans, and goes behind the headlines to offer a true picture of a region always on the brink. Maps.

Synopsis:

A True Portrait of One of the World's Most Chaotic and Beautiful Regions That Explains Why Violence Has Always Occurred There--And Why It May Continue For Years To Come

The vast and mountainous area that makes up the Balkans is rife with discord, both cultural and topographical. And, as Simon Winchester superbly demonstrates in this intimate portrait of the region, much of the political strife of the past century can be traced to its inherent contrasts. With the aid of a guide and linguist, Winchester traveled deep into the region's most troublesome areas--including Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Montenegro, Albania, Kosovo, and Turkey--just as the war was tearing these countries apart. The result is a book not just about war but also about how war affects the living. Both timeless and current, The Fracture Zone goes behind the headlines to offer a true picture of a region that has always been on the brink. Winchester's remarkable journey puts all the elements together--the faults, the fractures, and the chaos--to make sense out of a seemingly senseless place.

About the Author

Simon Winchester is the acclaimed author of many books, including The Professor and the Madman, Atlantic, The Man Who Loved China, A Crack in the Edge of the World, and Krakatoa. In 2006, Mr. Winchester was made an officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Her Majesty the Queen. He lives in western Massachusetts.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780060954949
Subtitle:
My Return to the Balkans
Author:
Winchester, Simon
Author:
by Simon Winchester
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Location:
New York, NY
Subject:
General
Subject:
Description and travel
Subject:
History
Subject:
International Relations
Subject:
Europe - General
Subject:
Eastern Europe - Yugoslavia
Subject:
Social conditions
Subject:
Military - Other
Subject:
Baltic States
Subject:
Kosovo
Subject:
Balkan peninsula
Subject:
International Relations - General
Subject:
Europe - Baltic States
Subject:
Eastern Europe - General
Subject:
Government - Comparative
Subject:
Eastern Europe - Balkan Republics
Subject:
General Current Events
Subject:
Europe - Eastern
Subject:
Travel
Subject:
Balkan Peninsula History.
Subject:
Balkan Peninsula Description and travel.
Subject:
World History-Eastern Europe
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Perennial ed.
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Series Volume:
v. 4
Publication Date:
20001017
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.18x5.34x.65 in. .46 lbs.

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Product details 272 pages Harper Perennial - English 9780060954949 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Scholarly and moving....[Winchester] combines historical significance with dramatic insight."
"Synopsis" by , The bestselling author of "The Professor and the Madman" turns his journalistic skills to the eternal strangeness of southeast Europe, the region known as the Balkans, and goes behind the headlines to offer a true picture of a region always on the brink. Maps.

"Synopsis" by , A True Portrait of One of the World's Most Chaotic and Beautiful Regions That Explains Why Violence Has Always Occurred There--And Why It May Continue For Years To Come

The vast and mountainous area that makes up the Balkans is rife with discord, both cultural and topographical. And, as Simon Winchester superbly demonstrates in this intimate portrait of the region, much of the political strife of the past century can be traced to its inherent contrasts. With the aid of a guide and linguist, Winchester traveled deep into the region's most troublesome areas--including Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Montenegro, Albania, Kosovo, and Turkey--just as the war was tearing these countries apart. The result is a book not just about war but also about how war affects the living. Both timeless and current, The Fracture Zone goes behind the headlines to offer a true picture of a region that has always been on the brink. Winchester's remarkable journey puts all the elements together--the faults, the fractures, and the chaos--to make sense out of a seemingly senseless place.

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