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ambitious novel about italians caught up in the siege of sarajevo,
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This review is from: Twice Born (Hardcover)
"Don't Move" by Margaret Mazzantini I thought was a great novel - about the disturbing side of our emotional life and in the central character a psychologically compelling account of "splitting" between conflicting impulses. So I approached this new novel with high expectations.
This too deals with disturbing themes, played out on a large scale in the siege of Sarajevo, ethnic cleansing, and the horrors of war. All this is experienced by a young Italian couple and Bosnian friends; and revisited 16 years later by the Italian mother with her 16 year old son.
There's no doubting the ambition of this novel, or the power of the plotting - which it's certainly worth reading at first hand and so it's best for me not to cover this in any detail here. The translation is very much into American English (diapers, spit-up and so on) but that is only mildly offputting. Overall, though, I found it packed a less powerful punch than "Don't Move". And indeed other books about the same war, notably Slavenka Drakulovic's "As If I Am Not There".