A meditation on the beauty of nature and the cruelty of war
Bosnian Author Faruk Šehić on his prize-winning novel Quiet Flows the Una published by Istros Books, in conversation with Larry Sherwin
Thursday, 31st March, 6pm
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
1 Exchange Square, London EC2A 2JN (nearest tube: Liverpool Street)
Quiet Flows the Una is the story of a man trying to overcome the personal trauma cause by the war in his country between 1992 and 1995. The novel has won the EU Prize for Literature, as well as the Meša Selimovič Prize for the best novel published in Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro & Croatia.
Faruk Šehić is a veteran of the conflict and an engaging speaker. His work is a poetic, witty and wistful mediation on the beauty of nature and the cruelty of war. Breaking his studies in veterinary medicine in 1992, Faruk Šehić voluntarily joined the army of Bosnia and Herzegovina, in which he led a unit of 130 men as a lieutenant. After the war, he studied literature and, since 1998, has created his own literary works. Literary critics regard him as one of the most gifted young writers in the former Yugoslavia, a shining light of the so-called “mangled generation” of writers whose lives were interrupted by the conflict.