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Halid, a young Muslim "war hero," returns home from the Bosnian War. Although his village was spared heavy combat, it has been ravaged by years of privation and heartbreak, and by the blood politics that continue to boil.

The community is tight-knit and lively, as it has been for hundreds of years, yet alliances between friends and neighbors, among Muslims, Christians, and Gypsies, shift and twitch and explode from strain. Halid the soldier has faced his fear of enemy fire; Halid the son is afraid of the arms of his waiting mother. He is weary and alone, but home is the last place he wants to be.

In this new classic of war and loss, Natasha Radojcic's earthy prose and stirring compassion bring her characters to life to deliver the truth about war's crushing effects on the human spirit. Her love for humanity and for language makes the joy of reading Homecoming equal to the pain of the truth it reveals.

Review:

"The book provides a fascinating glimpse into a truly foreign culture, but it makes one wonder if peacekeeping efforts in the region can ever succeed." Booklist

Review:

"Succeeds in encompassing a totality of humanity...expertly and effortlessly rendered." The Philadelphia Inquirer

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"Natasha Radojcic has pulled off something rarely seen in contemporary fiction: a tragedy. Homecoming is a disturbing, deeply persuasive work, rife with fascinating detail." Jennifer Egan, author of The Invisible Circus

Review:

"A tale of loss — lost lives, lost dreams, lost hope — Homecoming will break your heart, but you'll be thankful for the experience." Marcia Gillespie, Ms.

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"[A] bitter, stunning debut...The novel's rare, unvarnished portrait of village life and its inexorable march toward a grim showdown make it worthy of comparison to Garcia Marquez's Chronicle of a Death Foretold." Publishers Weekly

Synopsis:

Halid, a young Muslim “war hero,” returns home from the Bosnian War. Although his village was spared heavy combat, it has been ravaged by years of privation and heartbreak, and by the blood politics that continue to boil.

The community is tight-knit and lively, as it has been for hundreds of years, yet alliances between friends and neighbors, among Muslims, Christians, and Gypsies, shift and twitch and explode from strain. Halid the soldier has faced his fear of enemy fire; Halid the son is afraid of the arms of his waiting mother. He is weary and alone, but home is the last place he wants to be.

In this new classic of war and loss, Natasha Radojcics earthy prose and stirring compassion bring her characters to life to deliver the truth about wars crushing effects on the human spirit. Her love for humanity and for language makes the joy of reading Homecoming equal to the pain of the truth it reveals.

About the Author

Natasha Radojcic was born in Belgrade. In her early twenties, on her own, she came to New York City, earned an MFA in fiction writing from Columbia University, and stayed. She is the author of Homecoming.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780812972412
Author:
Radojcic, Natasha
Publisher:
Random House Trade
Author:
Radoj&#x010d IC, Natasha
Subject:
General
Subject:
Villages
Subject:
Veterans
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
War stories
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Literary
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20050331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
7.98x5.32x.46 in. .35 lbs.

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Product details 208 pages Random House Trade - English 9780812972412 Reviews:
"Review" by , "The book provides a fascinating glimpse into a truly foreign culture, but it makes one wonder if peacekeeping efforts in the region can ever succeed."
"Review" by , "Succeeds in encompassing a totality of humanity...expertly and effortlessly rendered."
"Review" by , "Natasha Radojcic has pulled off something rarely seen in contemporary fiction: a tragedy. Homecoming is a disturbing, deeply persuasive work, rife with fascinating detail."
"Review" by , "A tale of loss — lost lives, lost dreams, lost hope — Homecoming will break your heart, but you'll be thankful for the experience."
"Review" by , "[A] bitter, stunning debut...The novel's rare, unvarnished portrait of village life and its inexorable march toward a grim showdown make it worthy of comparison to Garcia Marquez's Chronicle of a Death Foretold."
"Synopsis" by , Halid, a young Muslim “war hero,” returns home from the Bosnian War. Although his village was spared heavy combat, it has been ravaged by years of privation and heartbreak, and by the blood politics that continue to boil.

The community is tight-knit and lively, as it has been for hundreds of years, yet alliances between friends and neighbors, among Muslims, Christians, and Gypsies, shift and twitch and explode from strain. Halid the soldier has faced his fear of enemy fire; Halid the son is afraid of the arms of his waiting mother. He is weary and alone, but home is the last place he wants to be.

In this new classic of war and loss, Natasha Radojcics earthy prose and stirring compassion bring her characters to life to deliver the truth about wars crushing effects on the human spirit. Her love for humanity and for language makes the joy of reading Homecoming equal to the pain of the truth it reveals.

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