Bora Balaj Has published a new novel “Twenty years silence”. The novel is translated by Jeton Kelmendi and edited by the British writer Christopher Lawrence. It is a very interesting novel, where the author writes for the violence in Kosovo during the war in Kosovo. Done here is the introduction
By Christopher Lawrence, UK
After the death of Tito, the former Yugoslavia a collective of republics put together after World War 2 , slowly fell into conflict Slovenia and Croatia called for decentralisation then declared independence on June 25th 1991 and by 1992 the ethnic cleansing by Serb forces
began , with this brutal backdrop Bora Balaj has crafted a story of Kosovo in a crisis , a struggle for the liberation of Albanians soon to be driven out by conflict , threats, rape
and genocide. With a bright confidence in words and language a story told from the heart about Lola a bride to be of the summer, to her promised Flamur, found with the conflict
resonating by the Serbian presence that she would be swallowed up and suffocated.
Seeing monsters where coming and at the hands of these monsters Albanian women would feel indignation, humiliation and a lasting pain of defilement.
The ineffective peacekeepers could not protect the population, we have a love story , a war story, emigration and being reconciled it punches i the gut being a conflict
of recent memory to a lot of people, filling news channels with horrific images.
I read this book and to me it resonated deeply with complex emotions and a sense of completion, Bora Bala gives us something rooted in truth a truth many do not
want to face but it is there part of our history and dna. Kosovo a land of its own identity provides the stage for this to play out, for us as almost voyeurs to look into the
love, the life, of a world unsure and distorted by war.
Lola loved Flamur the kindling flame of love lit , but it was so uncertain in so many ways , that escape was the only option torn from home and country , each path Lola
is taking , circular navigating one route back Finding peace will be hard, being able to love again harder.