Zlata's Diary was first published at the height of the Bosnian conflict, it became an international best seller and was compared to
The Diary of Anne Frank, both for the freshness of its voice and the grimness of the world it describes.
It begins as the day-to-day record of the life of a typical 11-year-old girl, preoccupied by piano lessons and birthday parties. But as war engulfs Sarajevo, Zlata Filipovic becomes a witness to food shortages and the deaths of friends and learns to wait out bombardments in a neighbor's cellar. Yet throughout she remains courageous and observant. The result is a story that has the power to move and instruct readers a world away.
©1994 Translation ©1994 Fixotet editions Robert Laffont. Introduction © 1994 Janine di Giovanni. (P)1994 (P) 1994 Penguin HighBridge Audio