The Tiger’s Wife, Téa Obreht, 2011
Set a half century ago and in present time, in an unnamed Balkan country, The Tiger’s wife explores the luminous power of myth, story, and memory. Obreht’s writing is tender yet unsentimental as she chronicles a young female doctor and the fantastical stories told by her grandfather. A 2011 finalist for the US National Book Award for Fiction.
Black Lamb and Grey Falcom, Rebecca West, 1936
Written on the brink of World War II, this classic travelogue probes the troubled history of the Balkans and the racial tensions of its ethnic groups. The account of West’s journey through the countries of the former Yugoslavia is filled with wit, historical insight, and cultural commentary as the landscapes and people of Yugoslavia are brilliantly observed.
Pillars of Hercules, Paul Theroux, 1995
The inimitable Paul Theroux recounts his journey through the Mediterranean – including Croatia.
Girl at War: A Novel, Sara Novic, 2015
Nović’s powerful debut novel follows Ana Jurić, a carefree ten-year-old living in Zagreb in 1991 when civil war splinters her idyllic childhood. The childlike naiveté of the narrator lends immediacy to the tragic war, told in a bittersweet and sparse narrative.