- Save 10% on selected children’s books, compliments of Amazon Family Promotion exclusive for Prime members .
- Also check our best rated Children’s Book reviews
Zlata's Diary (Puffin Non-fiction) Paperback – 5 Jan 1995
|New from||Used from|
- Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
- Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
- Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
- Dispatch to this address when you check out
Special offers and product promotions
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?
The only bright thing to come from [Sarajevo?s] recent history. ("USA Today") Conveys the bewilderment and horror of modern-day conflict... One of Zlata's gifts lies in throwing a human light on intolerable events. ("San Francisco Chronicle")
About the Author
Zlata Filipovic was born in 1980. From 1991 to 1993 she wrote in her diary of her experiences living during the war in Sarajevo. Zlata escaped in 1993 and went to St Andrews College in Dublin, and then to Oxford University where she graduated in 2001 with a degree in Human Sciences.
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
Top customer reviews
Almost overnight Sarajevo is engulfed in a terrible war and Zlata is left bewildered, angry, and afraid as her childhood is destroyed by constant bombardments and shortages of the most basic necessities. Her short but simple description of 'the nicest present I ever got' - a tomato - and the simplistic child's language with which she speaks of her crumbling world are incredibly powerful.
However, while Zlata is an amazingly courageous little girl and undoubtedly very articulate, she is no Anne Frank. Throughout the diary, the reader gets the impression that Zlata is even trying to 'compete' with Anne, and her memories of Sarajevo - while a testimony to a generation's loss and the collective voice of thousands of children just like her - are not as well-written or as vivacious as Anne's. The merits of Zlata's diary lie within the raw emotion and puzzlement that throbs through each line, not in pure literary talent.
A valuable read for children who need to understand that privileges can vanish unexpectedly, and for adults who - like Zlata - quietly believe that there is really no need "to put a 'C' on Croats, an 'S' on Serbs, and an 'M' on Muslims".
She was eleven years old herself, the same age as Zlata, when Zlata's Diary was originally published and it was an excellent way to introduce to her the effects of war on children.
At the beginning of 1992 Zlata Filipovic was living in Sarajevo, the normal everyday life of a young girl, school, holidays and time with friends were uppermost in her thoughts. She did mention the war in her diary but at first it was just a distant threat. Until suddenly that April war broke out in Sarajevo and her main concern became survival! It was dangerous living in the city as snipers were active there. Inevitably the war meant hardships for her family and they had to adapt to living without the things we all take for granted especially food and not being able to move around outside safely! There was always the constant fear of death in the air never knowing if family and friends would survive the atrocities. In writing this diary I felt that Zlata shows amazing fortitude for one so young and learning about the war through her perspective is a moving experience. As she does not fully understand the politics behind this war she tends to have more to say about how the war affects her life, rather than about the culture clash which is at the root of the troubles.
The diary does end rather abruptly which I felt was a shame when Zlata and her family are moved to safety in France, because of the publicity her diary attracted!
An insightful read for adults and children alike.
This is an excellent account of how the Bosnian people suffered at the hands of the Serbs. This is a book that everyone should read especially with the war only being 20 years ago
They loved Zlata's diary reading I did and many wanted to have it as homework assignement.
A total success!