Blood and Honey: A Balkan War Journal

Photographs by Ron Haviv
Essays by Chuck Sudetic and David Rieff
Introduction by Bernard Kouchner

Of the thousands of images that emerged from the decade of war in former Yugoslavia, Ron Haviv's stand out as a uniquely profound record. These award-winning photographs, depicting both the urgency and the tragedy of war, became internationally known in the pages of Time, Newsweek, Paris Match, and Stern. This extraordinary compilation bridges the gap between what the West has commonly witnessed of the war in the Balkans - soldiers, destroyed cities, and refugees- and the stark but dignified reality of everyday life during the conflict and its aftermath.

Haviv was witness to events both large and small. He was there during the beginning of the assault on Sarajevo and the subsequent siege. He was in the Croatian city of Vukovar when it was overrun by the Yugoslav army. He was the first journalist to capture Serbian atrocities in Bosnia on film, photographs he took at great risk to his life. Haviv's images from Serb concentration camps in Bosnia helped to shock the world. And his unforgettable portrait of Serbian warlord Arkan and his so-called Tigers was the first glimpse the world received of a group of paramilitaries who perfected a practice the world would come to know as "ethnic-cleansing."

Blood and Honey provides a broad spectrum of these major events, as well as glimpses of the struggles of ordinary people-Serbs, Croats, Bosnians, Kosovar, Albanians and Slovenians-as their lives are torn apart by war.

"Do you know the way we lived before? Can you imagine it as you look at the ruins of what we were? We lived better than you. What a wonderful life. When you see me now, it is not as I really am. I am not this dirty, poor woman, in dirty, smelly clothes. To myself I will always be that person that I was before all this."
Anonymous, Sarajevo.

 

About the authors:

Ron Haviv is a contract photographer for Newsweek, and his work is widely published by magazines throughout the world. His photographs have earned him several World Press awards, Picture of the Year awards, Overseas Press Club award and the Leica Medal of Excellence. His work has been exhibited at Visa Pour L'Image, Perpignan, Council on Foreign Relations, The Newseum, and the United Nations. He has contributed to several books, and regularly lectures at universities and seminars. Ron Haviv is represented by the Saba Agency, New York.

Chuck Sudetic, was assigned to Belgrade in 1990 as New York Times special correspondent on the Balkans. He covered the collapse of Yugoslavia and the war in Bosnia and Croatia until 1995, filing more than five hundred stories for the Times. His 1995 article for Rolling Stone on the Srebrenica massacre was a finalist for the 1996 National Magazine Award. In 1998, he published Blood and Vengeance: One Family's Story of the War in Bosnia, a highly acclaimed chronicle of one family's struggle during the war. He now works as a political analyst for the International Crisis Group.

David Rieff is an internationally known writer, and the author of a number of books, including Slaughterhouse: Bosnia and the Faliure of the West; Crimes of War; What the Public Should Know, edited with Roy Gutman, The Exile: Cuba in the Heart of Miami, Los Angeles: Capitol of the Third World, and Going to Miami.

Bernard Kouchner is the founder of Medicins sans Frontieres (Doctors without Borders, Nobel Laureates in 1999) and its sister organization Doctors of the World, and present governor of Kosovo under the United Nations.

ISBN 1-57500-135-7
EAN 978-157500135-7
$40 US
$59.95 CAN
RIGHTS: WORLD
Hardcover
176PP
9"x11 3/4"
100 Full-Color images

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