5.0 out of 5 stars
excellent insight, 18 July 2014
It's hard to expose the worst, most unflattering side of your own nation. Not just highlight the cruelty of the genocide and war but the more 'banal' evils, the vanity of a politician, the apolitical citizens, the corrupt officials, the naïveté, the materialism and the stench of fear that pervades society. Drakulic writes with a childlike frankness and sincerity not just about the Balkans but about her introspective journey into her own mentality that is a direct result of her communist and post communist experience. Each chapter is beautifully structured and perfectly captures the essence of her generation, achieving more than just showcasing their habits and flaws. You understand them.