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Freshwater pearl about the Bosnia war

Reading Faruk Sehic's novel is like washing off the gray dust of everyday language and the sweaty smell of political dichotomies.

Faruk Sehic: Quiet flows the Una. Istros Books, 2016

"The whole is the only thing that can cure people of our time." This was stated by Norwegian author Liv Køltzow on the P2 program The lounge this fall, in connection with the launch of her latest book – a book she has written with a heavy Parkinson's disorder. The road from here to a young Bosnian writer who writes about the Bosnia war in the 1990 century may seem long, but they both remind us that literature can be vital.

Genre Blanding. Sehic's book deals with several levels of wholeness and continuity. On an underlying level, he criticizes today's preoccupation with information rather than insight and intuition, while the more general narrative is about a human being devastated by war and trying to put himself back together. The novel is a complicated interweaving of dreams, memories, poetry and storytelling, with clear psychoanalytic features. The book is illustrated by the Bosnian cartoonist Aleksandra Nina Knezevic, and her playful pen underlines the surreal traits and longing for an innocent and harmonious childhood, as well as the black humor that characterizes much Eastern European literature.

It takes time before we get to know something concrete about the novel's protagonist, and the first one we encounter is his evil alter ego, in the book's introductory sentence: “Sometimes. . .

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