Living through history often provides a perspective that causes one to see the world through different eyes.
Sofija Stefanovic was born in 1982 in what was Yugoslavia. Together, with her family, she emigrated to Australia and then returned to Yugoslavia before then living out the rest of her youth in Australia.
Her new memoir, Miss Ex-Yugoslavia: A Memoir, is about a girl living in two worlds: the world of her childhood in Yugoslavia before it collapsed into war and the world of her growing up in peaceful Australia.
Not only is the book well written and enjoyable, it is to my mind relevant. It’s relevant because the current refugee crisis is not going away. If we are going to solve this crisis, we need to understand its root cause. This book is a good place to start.
I recommend it.