||Kosovo, a short history - by Noel
Malcolm (click to order)
From Timothy Judah: Mr. Malcolm's [book]
is...controversial. He has clearly taken it upon himself to explode virtually all Serbian
historical claims to the province....Mr. Malcolm makes a convincing case, drawing on
17th-century archival material he has brought to light. -- The New York Review of Books
From The Wall Street Journal: A book every policy expert, journalist and
lay person interested in the Balkans must read.
From New Republic: Majestic, all-embracing, masterful.
From Economist: Mr. Malcolm's narrative is gripping, even brilliant at
times. He does nto shy away from controversial thought.
||Between Serb and Albanian - A History of
Kosovo - by Miranda Vickers (click to order)
Reviews and Commentary
From Timothy Judah: [One of] the
first books in English to concentrate solely on Kosovo's truly miserable
history....Miranda Vickers is one of Britain's foremost experts on Albania. In 1995 she
published the first nonpartisan history of the country and, last year, a study of
Albania's tortuous post-Communist transition....She avoids the conventional political line
in which bad Serbs are pitted against valiant Albanians. -- Tim Judah, "The New York
Review of Books"
||Adem's Cross - Alice Mead (click to order)
The Publisher: Seeing his sister being shot to death for reading a poem
at a demonstration against Serbian control of largely Albanian Kosovo changes forever the
life of thirteen-year-old Adem.
From Publisher's Weekly: Set in 1993 in a former Yugoslavian province,
this drama examines the plight of ethnic Albanians in Serb-occupied Kovoso when one
Albanian boy defies authority. "While the graphic depictions of violence invite
sympathy for the Albanians, the message of this riveting novel carries a wider
meaning," said PW. Ages 10-up. (May)
From The Horn Book, Inc.: When Adem's older sister, Fatmira, is killed by
Serbian police during a protest rally, he realizes there is no hope for him any longer in
his native Kosovo. This novel about the present-day situation of ethnic Albanians
suffering under Serbian rule is swiftly paced, unsentimental, and disdains false optimism
while still honoring the courage of resistance.