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About the book
The Bosnia List is an on-the-ground document of what life was like during one of the worst genocidal conflicts in recent history, and a deeply personal and intimate exploration of what it means to face, forgive, and move on from the unspeakable brutality of war. Trebinčević’s memoir is an important and moving account of how an historical event continues to haunt its victims, and how one young man might be the inspiration for change and healing for generations to come.
At age eleven, Kenan Trebinčević was a happy, karate-loving kid living with his family in the quiet Bosnian town of Brćko. Then in the spring of 1992, war broke out and his friends, neighbors, teachers and those he loved most suddenly became his enemies, simply because he was Muslim. This extraordinarily candid, poignant memoir follows Kenan and his family’s final terrifying year in Bosnia and their miraculous escape from the genocidal conflict that ravaged the former Yugoslavia, to find shelter in the United States. Though he swore he would never return, after two decades in the States, now successful and living in Queens, Kenan decided to honor his father’s wish to return to their homeland.
Kenan made a list of what he wanted to do there, a list marked by conflicting emotions—vengeance, forgiveness, a need for understanding. He will confront the family’s neighbor, Petra, who stole from his mother, see the concentration camp where his father and brother were imprisoned, and stand on the grave of his first betrayer to be sure he’s really dead. Back in his homeland, however, Kenan finds something far more powerful—and surprising—than revenge.
About the Authors
Kenan Trebinčević works as a physical therapist in Greenwich Village and lives in Astoria, Queens. His work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the International Herald Tribune, the Wall Street Journal, and Salon as well as in The Best American Travel Writing 2012 anthology and the American Public Media radio show “Bosnia Unforgiven.”
Susan Shapiro is an award-winning teacher and journalist, and the author of eight books. She lives with her husband in Greenwich Village, where she is a writing professor at the New School and New York University.