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Zlata's Diary: A Child's Life in Sarajevo Summary
Zlata Filipović

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Zlata's Diary: A Child's Life in Sarajevo Summary

Plot Summary

Zlata's Diary is a collection of reprinted entries from the journal of Zlata Filipovic, a child who wrote during the Bosnian War from 1991 to 1993. They offer an innocent child's first-hand perspective on the horrors of war.

Initial entries (before war) present a normal pre-teen girl who enjoys hanging out with her friends, taking piano lessons, vacationing, and doing well in school.

The first hint of war comes when Zlata's father is recruited into the police reserves, and violence breaks out in the nearby region of Dubrovnik. The family worries about a family friend, Srdjan, living in that region. Zlata does not understand the reasons for this conflict, but is confident that war coming to her own country of Bosnia-Herzegovina would be "impossible."

But in March 1992, violence indeed breaks out in her city of Sarajevo as Serbian nationalists attack. Gunfire from the hills and shelling will be a near-constant...

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