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Searching for Sofia: A Tale of Obsession, Murder and War [Hardcover]

John Nadler
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Aug. 12 2003
From journalist John Nadler comes a real-life Romeo and Juliet story set in war-torn Kosovo.

Nadler has stumbled upon a bitter epic romance in the ashes of inter-ethnic strife in the former Yugoslavia. The cast: a pair of star-cross’d lovers, a young Kosovar man and a Serb woman; the girl’s father, a local militiaman who is determined to crush the relationship; and a war correspondent in the role of Friar Lawrence, entrusted with the commission of reuniting the lovers.

Gjorg escapes the slaughter of his village by feigning death and fleeing while Serb troops invade his town. His fiancée Sofia disappears -- whisked away to Serbia, Gjorg believes, by her father, who is later implicated in a massacre. Gjorg, languishing in nato-held Kosovo, despairs of ever seeing his Sofia again. Until Nadler agrees to help find her.

Always just a step behind, Nadler follows Sofia’s trail from her village through the flashpoints and tinderboxes of the Balkans: Mitrovica, the Presovo Valley, Macedonia, and, finally, Belgrade. He witnesses the sickening decay of Yugoslavia -- once a dynamic, cosmopolitan and prosperous nation -- manifested in the endemic suspicion, the burnt and shell-pocked buildings, the ravaged communities, and the broken lives.

Searching for Sofia is a Balkan odyssey, a quest through dangerous terrain for an ever-elusive goal, a campaign for justice and, ultimately, an exploration, through the eyes of its victims, of the madness of internecine war.

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“Nadler’s book is a stroke of originality among the legion of journalists’ memoirs of the Balkan wars. In terms of portraying the impact of ethnic division on individual human lives, there is little better to be read on any conflict, not only the former Yugoslavia.” -- Neil Barnett, correspondent for Jane’s Defence Weekly

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“Nadler’s book is a stroke of originality among the legion of journalists’ memoirs of the Balkan wars. In terms of portraying the impact of ethnic division on individual human lives, there is little better to be read on any conflict, not only the former Yugoslavia.” -- Neil Barnett, correspondent for Jane’s Defence Weekly

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5.0 out of 5 stars Another world Aug. 13 2004
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"Sofia" takes us through a little-known terrain and an obscene war that the West still doesn't understand. While other authors would use this setting for sensationalism, Nadler has the experience (see above) and knowledge to take us through a real place, with intelligence and humanity. What makes this book so wonderful is that it's obvious Nadler loves this land, and with this exceptional Romeo & Juliet story he uncovered, he has the means to show you why.
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John Nadler's exploration into Kosovo's civil war is predicated on a star-crossed secret romance between a young Albanian Kosovar and his Serbian lover. As a war correspondent for Southam News, Nadler encounters Jorg, a Kosovar refugee, and agrees to help him reunite with Sofia, his Serbian girlfriend and possibly the daughter of the Serbian para-military leader responsible for the murder of Jorg's father. Nadler's journey through Serbia and Kosovo in search of Sofia becomes a metaphor for all that was won and lost in seven years of Balkan conflict. With the events of September 11 and the war in Iraq, many Westerners have forgotten the horrors of the break-up of the former Yugoslavia. Nadler's portrayal of the trials of both Serbs and Albanians during and after the Kosovo conflict is a sensitive and engaging analysis of war and its human consequences.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lost Love: A Powerful Story About a Forgotten War. Oct. 28 2003
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John Nadler's exploration into Kosovo's civil war is predicated on a star-crossed secret romance between a young Albanian Kosovar and his Serbian lover. As a war correspondent for Southam News, Nadler encounters Jorg, a Kosovar refugee, and agrees to help him reunite with Sofia, his Serbian girlfriend and possibly the daughter of the Serbian para-military leader responsible for the murder of Jorg's father. Nadler's journey through Serbia and Kosovo in search of Sofia becomes a metaphor for all that was won and lost in seven years of Balkan conflict. With the events of September 11 and the war in Iraq, many Westerners have forgotten the horrors of the break-up of the former Yugoslavia. Nadler's portrayal of the trials of both Serbs and Albanians during and after the Kosovo conflict is a sensitive and engaging analysis of war and its human consequences.
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