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The Stone Fields

Love and Death in the Balkans

Courtney Angela Brkic

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

When she was twenty-three years old, Courtney Angela Brkic joined a UN-contracted forensic team in eastern Bosnia. Unlike many aid workers, Brkic was drawn there by her family history, and although fluent in the language, she was advised to avoid letting local workers discover her ethnicity. Her passionate narrative of establishing a morgue in a small town and excavating graves at Srebenica is braided with her family’s remarkable history in what was once Yugoslavia. The Stone Fields, deeply personal and wise, asks what it takes to prevent the violent loss of life, and what we are willing to risk in the process.

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The Stone Fields
TUZLA1996Wind carries the sudden smell of burning From the charred ruin of my village; The smell from which all memory rises: All weddings, harvests, dances, and celebrations, All funerals, lamentations, and dirges; All which life sowed and death took away. 
--Ivan Goran Kovai, The Pit, Stanza XIN 1995 I had brought my field boots with me from America to Croatia. They were thick leather, reached mid-calf, and had steel plates over the toes so that I would not accidentally remove part of my foot with a sharpened shovel. Red Virginia dirt was still wedged in the tread
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“Brkic digs for sometimes distant, sometimes recent history, putting her findings into beautiful and poetic language that conjures up lively imagery." --San Francisco Chronicle

"Written with lyrical precision." --Richard Eder, The New York Times

"Brkic is a talented writer...[and] her talent with the language of fiction brings on a nonfiction narrative with true softness....Exquisite." --Peter Maass, Los Angeles Times Book Review

"Brkic tells [her story] sensitively, sparely and with quiet passion." --Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post Book World

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Courtney Angela Brkic

  • Courtney Angela Brkic is the author of Stillness, for which she won the prestigious Whiting Award. She has worked for the United Nations War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague and for Physicians for Human Rights. She lives in Ohio.
  • Courtney Angela Brkic Copyright Nancy Crampton
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Love and Death in the Balkans

Courtney Angela Brkic

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