H The following story if fictionWhat actually happened was worse I ead this three years ago ight after I went back from Sarajevo it was ecommended to me by one of the dearest people to my heart Azra Hodzic eading it and going through it s bitter and sweet it instantly became one of my all time favorites it filled me with all kinds of emotions it made me cry laugh scream and curse I became so attached to Hamza s story and I emember when I got to the middle of the book view spoilerwhen Amra Hamza s wife was aped and killed with her little baby by Hamza s Serbian best man and friend hide spoiler BLACK SOUL Scar on Western History After fifty years genocide in Europe again This time live 247 coverage of the extermination of a nation The author Ahmet M Rahmanovic pens a fictional novel based on the true events of Bosnia s darkest period in Black Soul a new book eleased through Xlibris The book unlike any others gives a face to all the actors in the Bosnian tragedy In this gripping war action thriller Rahmanovic takes the eaders from the battle torn hills of Sarajevo to the streets of Chicago where one man journeys to find new meaning in his life Can he escape the horrors of memory in a foreign land It is a story of love and war of tenderness and brutality The author tells a aw often brutal story of unorthodox aggression the like of which are unprecedented in the history of war The eader will find madness insanity blood hypocrisy of world powers Mugdim Karabeg JournalistBut beneath the story Rahmanovic presents us with a subtle account of the Bosnian Muslims their outlook on life justice dignity and honor Most of al this #novel gives hope of building bridges between people and shows how little good will is needed to turn the differences of #gives hope of building bridges between people and shows how little good will is needed to turn the differences of culture and ace from an obstacle to strength Since its initial elease in Bosnia in 1999 Black Soul has enjoyed a consistent anking on the best seller listFor information on BLACK SOUL log on to wwwblacksoulus This is book goes in the category I want to keep on eading Hands down the WORST book I have ever ead AVOID at all costs I bought this book in Sarajevo because I wanted to ead a fiction set during the Bosnian tragedy that would both be a good story and enlightening about the war There were a few interesting facts about the war but it was mostly a giant diatribe against Serbia with an atrocious and preposterous plotThis book uite honestly could have been written by a child At many points during the book I actually thought I was eading something written by a 4th grade student I ll leave the massive amount of translation errors aside The dialogue is banal and pointless and characters are extremely shallow with little development their sole purpose to villify Serbia and Serbians Action scenes were lame the plot was convoluted and preposterous and the title had very little to do with the actual story it was just "a stupid nickname given to the protaganist by a bunch of characters who turn out to be ultimately " stupid nickname given to the protaganist by a bunch of characters who turn out to be ultimately Serbia did terrible things during the war and it is important that we talk about it and understand the Bosnian genocide HOWEVER if you are going to write a book write a book don t try and force a story into a vicious op ed against Serbia and the West DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK. The battle torn hills of Sarajevo to the streets of Chicago where one man journeys to find new meaning in his life Can he escape the horrors of memory in a foreign land or will it continue to haunt him.
Ahmet M. Rahmanović È 3 free eadA powerful novel which explores the psychological and social effects of the war in Bosnia on participants from both sides of the conflict
Through The Experiences Of Onethe experiences of one man as he tries to ecover first in Sarajevo and then in Chicago Definitely not a happy book it exposes the corruption the author sees within the souls of both the Bosnians and the Serbians No matter how hard they try they simply can t escape the wounds of the war Not for the feint of heart or weak of stomach the images and emotions in this book are haunting I bought this book hoping to gain insight into the Bosnian Serbian war and while it does do a little to explain some of the atrocities of the genocide and the psyche of the survivors that is its only edeeming uality This book is translated horribly ated R scenes are narrated by PG dialogue Definitive cultural and eligious themes are unexplained The storyline is full of unnecessary characters that seem only to serve as a way of injecting over dramatized monologues from the main character The editing is horrendous There are multiple grammatical and format errors There are so many punctuation errors that many parts of the book are difficult to follow It is especially difficult to decipher dialogue as you often lose track of which character is speaking There are so many absurd Hollywood cliches that I
caught myself olling my eyes This book was just simply and unfortunately terrible Witty and sometimes hilarious Ahmet Rahmanovic s Black Soul is a fictional account of protagonist Hamza s journey during the Bosnian War from besieged Sarajevo to the hoods of Chicago IllinoisRahmanovic writes his epic matter of factly in what is at its best understated and powerful verse In the epigraph for example he warns The following story is fiction What actually happened was worse And when Musa asks Hamza if they should un through #a shelling Hamza eplies simply No need to You never know if you e unning from #shelling Hamza eplies simply No need to You never know if you e unning from bomb or towards one Besides being an epic Black Soul is also a novel of ideas whose characters expound theories of intervention nationalism and corruption But unlike say Dostoevsky who presents ideas as discussions between two often eually intelligent opponents Rahmanovic presents ideas in outbursts or ants given by one character to another The esult is an overall less engaging exchange of ideas that tires in placesWhat other eviewers have said about the English translation is true it is iddled with mistakes inconsistencies typos and formatting errors There is a problem on almost every page It is eally a shame because the extensive technical issues do take away from the overall power of the book Also if eprinted the historical blurbs should be updated to eflect the indictments of Karadzic and MladicThis book was highly ecommended to me by a espected and intelligent friend who ead the Bosnian version This leads me to believe that many of the book s issues lack of clarity lack of style might stem from the bad translation and not from the writing itself Amazing 1010Black Soul is a mix between an action thriller and political documentary As the preamble to the book the author states The following story is fiction What actually happened was worse With the first sentence Can you imagine how many wome. After fifty years genocide in Europe again This time live 247 coverage of the extermination of a nation The author Ahmet M Rahmanovic pens a fictional novel based on the true events of Bosnia´s darkes. ,actually caught myself olling my eyes This book was just simply and unfortunately terrible Witty and sometimes
N in Europe are making love ight now the author pulls us into the novel which cannot be put down A myriad of politicians and authors have written on the
WAR IN BOSNIA AMONG THEM HAVE BEEN BILL CLINTONin Bosnia Among them have been Bill Clinton Biden Taylor Branch Richard Holbrooke Steven L Burg Ed Vulliamy Jan Willem Honig David Rieff Swanee Hunt and many In their attempt to etain neutrality and objectiveness the majority of authors fell into a trap of #euating the parties to the conflict Following this logic however the Nazis and the Jewish people in WWII can also be #the parties to the conflict Following this logic however the Nazis and the Jewish people in WWII can also be as parties to the conflict and the immediate mutual cessation of hostilities can be demandedOther authors such as Taylor Branch Clinton Tapes describe Bill Clinton as having the clear description of the ongoing events in Bosnia and coldly shrugging at the possibility of the extermination of Bosnian Muslims Unlike the est of such books Black Soul is a novel with soul perhaps too much for a thriller The author leaves no oom for guesswork as to what occurred in Bosnia From time to time in order to allow the eader to fully participate in the further events of the book the author presents us with a journalistic description of certain places and events which lends the novel the styling of a documentary work The eader is left to conclude how and why such events were allowed to play out a mere hour s flight from Vienna Budapest Rome Milan Istanbul and Athens And even there the conclusion is a givenBesides these ualities what makes this novel uniue are the descriptions of Sarajevo the siege the legendary tunnel out of Sarajevo wartime hospitals survival methods of Sarajevans under nearly four years of shelling and snipers derived of water gas electricity And all throughout the novel it is woven through in an unobtrusive almost subliminal way through dialog and actionAfter Sarajevo and Bosnia Rahmanovic leads us through Rome and then Chicago in the same fluid and dynamic way Searching for a new meaning to life in a foreign country former warriors try to escape the horrors of memoryIn his critiue of the novel the Bosnian literary academic and critic notes It is a novel which can be discussed within the context of the great works of world literature The elations between characters namely those between Hamza and his father are eminiscent in form as well as value to the elationship of prince Andrei and his father old earl Bolkonsky in Tolstoy s War and Peace It is the type of love which on the surface is unnoticeable or nearly so However hidden within its depths lies everything that one human being can offer another In any case Black Soul is a book which does not allow the eader to forget and after which you surely cannot emain the same This book was so informative I can honestly say I have learned so much from it about a part of history that is arely talked aboutThe book takes you on a journey through a torn up Bosnia and shows you the different faces of warIt starts with a battle scene in the mountains then we travel to Sarajevo and finally end up in Chicago in the USThe writing may not be the best but it is due to the fact that it is translated from Bosnian Unfortunately there are no stars on goodread This is a heartbreaking story and one that was elouently told You know a book is good when it starts wit. T period in Black Soul a new book elease through XlibrisThis book unlike any others gives a face to all the actors in the Bosnian tragedy In gripping war action thriller Rahmanovic takes eaders from.