TEHRAN ( IBNA) -- Persian translation of ‘Postcards from the Grave’ (2005), a book by Bosnian journalist and author Emir Suljagić about Bosnian people besieged and massacred by Serb forces has been published and is available in Iranian bookstores.
The first account of the genocide in the Bosnian city of Srebrenica in 1992 to 1995 and an unsentimental portrayal of life in a town where “there were no laws and public authority was based on mutual balance of power,” the book has been translated into Persian by Maysam Mir-Hadi. Ketabestan-e Ma’refat Publishing has released ‘Postcards from the Grave’ in 280 pages.
In May 1992, while Serb nationalist forces ‘cleansed’ the towns and villages of the Drina valley in eastern Bosnia of their formerly majority Muslim population – as part of Slobodan Milošević’s criminal attempt to carve an expanded Serbia from the successor states of the former Yugoslav federation – thousands of fleeing, desperate people converged on the small town of Srebrenica in search of refuge.
Against all odds, Emir Suljagić survived, while the lives of nearly every man he had ever known – and those of many women too – were wiped out. His haunted record of those terrible times offers a fitting monument to those who died.
Emir Suljagic read political science at the University of Sarajevo. Between 2002 and 2004, he reported on the Yugoslavian war-crime trials from the Hague, as a correspondent for the weekly Dani. He is currently the Director of the Srebrenica Genocide Memorial as well.