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Kapka Kassabova: The book that changed my life

This novel is alchemised into true art by a poet’s vision that left me with questions I was compelled to ask again, and again

By Kapka Kassabova  

Illustration by Bill McConkey

Quiet Flows the Una by Faruk Šehic

An invisible rule operates for writers: the right books turn up as soon as we set off on a new adventure. Sometimes before—because the subconscious knows what the conscious is yet to discover. Quiet Flows the Una arrived on my desk from the publisher just as I was contemplating war. What is war, how does it incubate, does it ever die once its demon is unleashed?

In his mesmeric autobiographical war novel, the Bosnian writer Faruk Šehic has created a…

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