Als gäbe es mich nicht

Als gäbe es mich nicht

Slavenka Drakulić / Feb 26, 2020

Als g be es mich nicht Stockholm Karolinska Krankenhaus M rz S eine junge Lehrerin aus Bosnien Moslemin und Asylantin in Schweden hat gerade ein Kind zur Welt gebracht Aber im Gegensatz zu den anderen Babys auf

  • Title: Als gäbe es mich nicht
  • Author: Slavenka Drakulić
  • ISBN: 3351028768
  • Page: 152
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Stockholm, Karolinska Krankenhaus, 27 M rz 1993 S eine junge Lehrerin aus Bosnien, Moslemin und Asylantin in Schweden, hat gerade ein Kind zur Welt gebracht Aber im Gegensatz zu den anderen Babys auf der Station hat dieses Neugeborene weder Sicherheit noch Heimat Es hat keinen Namen und statt eines Vaters sehr viele die gesichtslose Masse der Soldaten, die S in einStockholm, Karolinska Krankenhaus, 27 M rz 1993 S eine junge Lehrerin aus Bosnien, Moslemin und Asylantin in Schweden, hat gerade ein Kind zur Welt gebracht Aber im Gegensatz zu den anderen Babys auf der Station hat dieses Neugeborene weder Sicherheit noch Heimat Es hat keinen Namen und statt eines Vaters sehr viele die gesichtslose Masse der Soldaten, die S in einem serbischen Frauenkonzentrationslager immer und immer wieder vergewaltigt haben Auf dem Wochenbett suchen S die schrecklichen Ereignisse des vergangenen Jahres heim Die Vertreibung aus Sarajevo in ein kleines Dorf am Rande Bosniens, die menschenunw rdigen Bedingungen im Lager, die ohnm chtige Unterwerfung der Frauen und M dchen unter die grenzenlose Brutalit t der Peiniger, die Befreiung und berf hrung in ein Fl chtlingslager nach Kroatien das Grauen, die Angst, die stinkende Allmacht des Todes All das hat S u erlich betrachtet, hinter sich gelassen und berwunden Doch es bleibt die bedr ckende Frage Was soll aus dem geha ten, aber an allem unschuldigen Kind werden Das Buch, das vom Inferno erz hlt, l t sich als ein Pl doyer f r Hoffnung und Vers hnung lesen FAZ

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      • Slavenka Drakulić

        Slavenka Drakuli 1949 is a noted Croatian writer and publicist, whose books have been translated into many languages In her fiction Drakuli has touched on a variety of topics, such as dealing with illness and fear of death in Holograms of fear the destructive power of sexual desire in Marble skin an unconventional relationship in The taste of a man cruelty of war and rape victims in S A Novel About the Balkans made into a feature film As If I Am Not There, directed by Juanita Wilson a fictionalized life of Frida Kahlo in Frida s bed In her novel Optu ena English translation forthcoming , Drakuli writes about the not often addressed topic of child abuse by her own mother In her novel Dora i Minotaur Drakulic writes about Dora Maar and her turbulent relationship to Pablo Picasso, and how it affected Dora s intellectual identity In her last novel Mileva Einstein, teorija tuge she writes about Einstein s wife Mileva Maric The novel is written from Mileva s point of view, especially describing how motherhood and financial and emotional dependence on Einstein took her away from science and professional life.Drakuli has also published five non fiction books Her main interests in non fiction include the political and ideological situation in post communist countries, war crimes, nationalism, feminist issues, illness and female body In How We Survived Communism Balkan Express Caf Europa she deals with everyday life in communist and post communist countries Drakulic wrote the history of communism through the perspective of animals in A Guided Tour Through the Museum of Communism She explores evil in ordinary people and choices they make in They Would Never Hurt a Fly War Criminals On Trial In The Hague, about the people who committed crimes during the Croatian Homeland war On the other side, in Flesh of her flesh available in English only as an e book Drakuli writes about the ultimate good people who decide to donate their own kidney to a person they have never met Her first book, Deadly sins of feminism 1984 is available in Croatian only.Drakuli is a contributing editor in The Nation USA and a freelance author whose essays have appeared in The New Republic, The New York Times Magazine and The New York Review Of Books She contributes to S ddeutsche Zeitung Germany , Internazionale Italy , Dagens Nyheter Sweden , The Guardian UK , Eurozine and other newspapers and magazines.Slavenka Drakuli is the recipient of the 2004 Leipzig Book fair Award for European Understanding At the Gathering of International Writers in Prague in 2010 she was proclaimed as one of the most influential European writers of our time.


    1. This was the first Drakulic I read, and at the time, I felt incapable of writing a review, although I consider it both very well written as a novel and immensely important as a historical reflection on the routine of rape during wars. There was a double reason why I could not put into words what I thought. First of all, I struggled with the closeness of the atrocious events: both in a geographical and historical sense. This book took me to a war in Europe during my own lifetime, my teenage years [...]

    2. PENSAVAMO CHE DALL'ORRORE CI SAREMMO DIFESI NON VEDENDOLO, NON GUARDANDOLOIl titolo è una citazione dal capolavoro di Primo Levi.È un libro duro, che si fa fatica a leggere di notte perché nel silenzio l'orrore sembra ancora più acuto. Slavenka Drakulić è una scrittrice tosta e coraggiosa, affronta argomenti pericolosi, entra nel cuore nero dei fatti e lo racconta senza paura. Ma usando tatto, garbo, intelligenza, sensibilità, talento.Sarajevo 1993Una giovane bosniaca musulmana viene catt [...]

    3. When your country is at war with another, or perhaps many others, you are aware of the risk to human life. You know soldiers will die, you know that some of these may be people you know or even your loved ones. But, though the civilians at home worry about those who are away fighting for their country, they rarely see themselves as part of the war. The threat to them seems far away, almost unreal. So when the occupying forces marched into the Bosnian village where S. lived, her immediate reactio [...]

    4. Slavenka Drakulic (born 1949) is a Croatian novelist, sociologist and a journalist who writes mainly on women issues. This is my opening sentence because when I picked up this book, I asked myself: Drakulic, who? and thought that this was a horror book. Hmmm. Drakulic=Dracula. Bosnia=Yugoslavia=Transylvania. Enough, K.D. Stop. Must be the Halloween spirit. This is a serious book.Very much, indeed. S: A Novel About Balkans a.k.a. As If I Am Not There is about rape, torture, and sexual slavery of [...]

    5. Jako, jako, jako teska istinita prica. :( Tesko je dati ocjenu, jer osjecas samo tugu, bijes, nepravdu, zlo, strah, bol Kako za takve osjecaje dati bilo kakvu ocjenu? No, Slavenka je i ovaj put dosla do srzi cijele price, te ju prikazala bas kakva je i bila - teska! Svaka cast svim zenama i muskarcima koji su uspjeli prezivjeti bilo kakav logor. Jos uvijek sam u soku od opisa sto covjek covjeku moze raditi! :(

    6. My original review (2000) in the San Francisco ChronicleS. A Novel of the Balkans By Slavenka Drakulic Viking; 216 pages; $22.95Croatian writer Slavenka Drakulic has given the world a gift, digging into the twisted reality of the war that splintered the former Yugoslavia and emerging with ``S'' a searing story about a woman held in a Bosnian concentration camp. It is a haunting, difficult novel that is also somehow redemptive.In the past, Drakulic has demonstrated in essays such as ``Cafe Europa [...]

    7. "Perhaps that happens to people in wartime, words suddenly become superfluous because they can no longer express reality. Reality escapes the words we know, and we simply lack new words to encapsulate this new experience.""Only now does S. understand that a woman's body never really belongs to the woman. It belongs to others—to the man, the children, the family. And in wartime to soldiers.""Now, however, she sees that for her war began the moment others started dividing and labelling her, when [...]

    8. this novel concerns the systematized rape and torture of civilian bosnian women during the conflicts in the balkans during the early nineties. it's deeply troubling stuff-- almost a psychosexual counterpart to a day in the life of ivan denisovich. which begs the inevitable question-- why am i reading this? certainly there's an impulse to somehow "bear witness" (however wishy-washy), and drakulic does a great job of emphasizing the necessity that such events be remembered (as well as, ironically, [...]

    9. Not for the squeamish! An amazing novel that tells a fictional account based on the real experiences of Balkan women who were herded into the "rape camps" during the war. The narrator S. tells of how, as a secular townswoman of mixed Muslim/Christian ancestry, she was sent to a camp among other young women and girls and what went on there. The horrifying events unfold calmly one at a time, with no foreshadowing or anticipation of where it will all end, or how, which makes it seem very realistic. [...]

    10. This a great book but a really difficult one to read. It is set during the 1990's Bosnian war and is about the systematic rape and killing of Bosnian Muslim women by Serbian soldiers both in their towns and villages but later in the concentration camps. It is a story told by a woman only identified by the initial S. - the sad truth being that the women will never identify the rapists, for fear that they will be victimised even further after returning to the Muslim community.

    11. I always thought that war atrocities are something from the distant past, when there was no human rights neither Geneva convention. Usually I imagine them to be part of wars from the Dark Ages, or even more distant, like Antiquity or Stone Age. But I always forget how relatively recent were World Wars (a meager 70 years), or the Bosnian War or even more recently, the War from Eastern Ukraine, about which if I will hear similar atrocities I would not be surprised.This is just what this novel and [...]

    12. This book was given to me as a Christmas present by my niece, Norwegian on her father's, Bosnian Serb on her mother's side. Based on interviews, it is a novelized account of one young Bosnian woman's life from the time of her capture by the Serbs, through her imprisonment to her resettlement as a refugee in Sweden--a period of just about one year. While imprisoned, the protagonist, 'S' in the novel, is, along with other young women and girls, repeatedly and often violently raped, her story begin [...]

    13. "Their murderers need to forget, but their victims must not let them."What a powerful story. Never have I read something so horrific yet beautiful, with an emotional depth so unimaginable. I found myself constantly shocked as I continuously remembered the truth and nearness of its events. This novel will wreck you and leave you feeling utterly empty of all emotion over what thousands of women went through during the Bosnian war. Never have I ever felt such despair and connection over a story. I [...]

    14. This is a terrible yet realistic book about the way woman are used (misused) during war. It is very sad that things like this happen and the men who treat women like things to be used should be used on the gallows.

    15. "S" also know as "As If I Am Not There" -- a harrowing, haunting novel set in Bosnia in the years 1992 and 1993 -- is about the systemic rape and humiliation of a schoolteacher of mixed Serbian and Bosnian heredity. When Serbian forces enter her village, S. spends months in an all female compound of a Serbian concentration camp where she is subjected to continual sexual violence and beatings. The novel culminates with her arrival in Scandinavia as a refugee -- pregnant, homeless, and ambivalent [...]

    16. Postmodern non-linear narratives are hard to read. You never know "when" you are. I love this in movies because visual cues always show me where I am. Non linear narratives mess up the story in compelling ways and show how our past and future often collide in our present. And yet, I always have trouble reading out of time. I miss the cues that are obvious to other readers. S. is a non-linear novel in the beginning and I certainly had trouble keeping in time.Sveals the tragedy of war on women non [...]

    17. A horrifying book, horrifying that is in terms of its topic/setting. The writing is hard to judge, for the simple reason that atrocities get stacked up so rapidly that I had to simply stop reading at times. The words disappear, but their story does not. Actually if anything the writing and the self-assessment of the lead character are as brutally plain, as the treatment of her in Bosnian camp is plainly brutal.At each chapter, I would look at the time stamp as part of the title and could not hel [...]

    18. I saw the Irish Produced film first, which is how I found out about the novel. The film was very similar, but the novel, of course, was better. The writing is effortless, and one has to read this in one sitting. The events seem absolutely inconceivable, but I suppose that is how all of these kinds of conflicts start. With a sense of disbelief. One of the best first hand account type works I have ever read. Even though it is fiction, it is clear that the author is very familiar with the subject m [...]

    19. Un libro terrible: a travé de entrevistas que hizo a las mujeres que vivieron la guerra de bosnia, la autora escribió después esta novela.Las protagonistas son mujeres que se vieron envueltas en el conflicto, que fueron secuestradas de su vivienda para ser llevadas a campos donde al principio solo eran prisioneras, pero después, serían el campo de recreo de soldados cada vez más crueles. Sometidas a violaciones y otras vejaciones, aprendieron a "no estar en sí mismas" para sobrevivir.Algu [...]

    20. Most books dealing with war seem to focus on life in the frontline, As if i am not there deals with what was happening to civillians in Bosnia and in particular to the muslims. The characters are referred to by letters, which makes them seem to stand for more than just any individual. People deal with what is happening to them in different ways, by pretending it's not them, or trying to seem invisible. It's harrowing and difficult to read, but it's also a book which ends with a glimmmer of hope. [...]

    21. Terrifying yet enthralling! Amazingly well written account of war, torture, and rape in the Bosnian war. I remember studying this war in my history class sophomore year. As a sophomore I felt so detacted from the realities and emotional/physical accounts of war. As an American, I am still detacted. But this novel (for a moment) placed me at the forefront. I agree with my friend Alessandra - as a citizen of the world, you must read this book.

    22. S. is about a Bosnian woman who finds herself in a prison during the Bosnian war of the early 1990's. She is repeatedly raped, dehumanized and starved. Drakulic paints a horrific picture and with great detail. It is a book not just about the suffering of female prisoners but also of how war can turn some men into animals. A very upsetting read, but necessary. Although this is a novel, I felt it would have faired much better in the non-fiction category.

    23. Creo que esta es una de las novelas más fuertes que he leído en los últimos meses, y miren que he leído cosas duras. Es difícil leer más de dos capítulos de corrido. S y el resto de las mujeres en esta novela viven las más tormentosas experiencias en este campo, sitiadas por la guerra, por la violencia, por el poder del otro, estas mujeres buscan una sola cosa: sobrevivir y olvidar; pareciera que la muerte es en realidad la única forma de lograr esto.

    24. A dark, uncomfortable novel about a Bosnian Muslim woman taken to a camp where she is repeatedly raped by Serb soldiers. She becomes pregnant in the camps and must decide what to do with the child when she finally gives birth as a refugee in Sweden. As upsetting as it is to read, it is an important novel that gives insight into the mentality of people during times of war.

    25. Truly haunting. The ugly picture of war. Painful to read at times. It was not a comfort remembering this book was fiction, as it came about from numerous interviews of women who lived through the Balkan experience-so somewhere it all could have happened or did happen or even worse.

    26. i want to read this but im really scared. i felt dead after reading about comfort women in japanis looks like a life-draining read too

    27. Definitely a difficult read as far as content. But overall a very interesting book with a lot of symbolism expressed throughout the book

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