Slavenka Drakulic's works of reportage have brilliantly rendered the political and social unrest in Eastern Europe, and her novel The Taste of a Man, was praised as "stunningly good ... superbly crafted, with a journalist's eye for detail and a ...
l and a poet's feel for emotional truth". (Elle) Now, Drakulic again combines the best of both in S. her latest, most haunting novel to date.
Set in 1992, during the height of the Bosnian war, S. reveals one of the most gruesome aspects of war; the rape and torture of civilian women by occupying forces. S. is the story of a Bosnian woman in exile who has just given birth to an unwanted child; one without a country, a name, a father, or a language. It is the birth of this child that reminds her of an even more grueling experience--being repeatedly raped by Serbian soldiers in the "women's room" of a prison camp in Bosnia. Through a series of flashbacks, S. relives the unspeakable crimes she has endured and in telling her story, depicts the blackest side of human nature during wartime. Timely, harrowing, and strangely compelling, with S. Drakulic once again proves her worth as "a writer of senstivity, intelligence and grace." (Alice Walker)
"a journalist and writer whose voice belongs to the world" (Gloria Steinem)