Ina Vukic’s review of ‘Fragments of War’.

Croatia, the War, and the Future

When Francois Voltaire stated, “every person is guilty of all the good he didn’t do”, he did not have someone like Trysta Montgomery (Australian humanitarian aid worker) in mind. Although a fictional character in Mishka Gora’s debut novel “Fragments of War” Trysta, who to my mind represents the multitude of humanitarian aid workers in war zones across the world, epitomises concern for and selfless dedication to the wellbeing of innocent victims and imminent innocent victims caught amidst brutal wars that weave deeply ethnic cleansing into their combat strategy.

Mishka Gora’s pungent novel, most aptly titled “Fragments of War” (ISBN 1 4791 1141 4), launched on 7 September 2012, is mainly set in Croatia (although delivering fragments of gut-wrenching brutality in Bosnia as well) during the 1990’s war of Serb-led Yugoslav Peoples’ Army and rebel Serb aggression against Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Although the characters in this novel…

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