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No Place Like Home
Echos from Kosovo
Melanie Friend
ISBN: 9781573441193
Book (Paperback)
Cleis Press
10 x 11
175 pages
November 7, 2001


"Melanie Friend's remarkable photographs and interviews show us the human particularity that lies within phrases such as 'ethnic conflict' and 'civil war'-and help us understand how communal hatred and savagery can break out of (and into) the most peaceful field, the most ordinary living room, and what happens after it does. The power of her book doesn't come from obviously shocking pictures; the shock is the realisation that these suddenly-changed and cancelled lives were once so like our own." --Ian Jack, editor Granta
British photographer and BBC radio reporter Melanie Friend has covered the Balkans since 1989. Her visits have been brief and always subject to film confiscation and surveillance. In 1999, as NATO bombs fell on Serbia, and ethnic Albanians fled Kosovo, Friend took portraits in the refugee camps of Macedonia. The 75 photographs and extraordinary interviews present one of the most profound, complex, and human documents of the recent history of the Balkans. As the centuries-old cycle of abuse enters a new phase, No Place Like Home explores life in the Balkans with fresh, unconventional insight.

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