Among the hardest hit regions in the McAllester spent the three month war infiltrating Kosovo around in this region though he territory McAllester the three month war infiltrating Kosovo around in this region though he made to Pec until after the war because he would certainly have been killed by the Serbs Meanwhile in Pec an ALbanian butcher named Isa Bala and his family tried to stay inconspicuous and wait out the killing Thier fate ultimately gives this story its gravityThe only knock against the book is that for the most part it lacks a broader perspective The political events surrounding the war and the history that led to Kosovo s estruction get some mention but not enough for the avearge reader Also the larger war outside the Pec region gets only superficial coverage Nevertheless this is still a Les marques de porcelaine disturbing account of modern genocide and of the banality of man s evil Grea. For years before one visited tragedy on the other With a journalist’s eye foretail McAllester asks the great uestion of war What kind of men could evastate an entire city killing whole families and feel no sense of guilt The answer lies in the culture of gangsterism and ethnic hatred that began with the collapse of Yugoslavi. McAllester has told the story of the war in Kosovo from his own perspective as a journalist moving around the province without official sanction and from the perspective of several Kosovars living in the city of Pec like most of Kosovo a formerly Serbian city which is now primarily AlbanianThis story is effective The violent finale is one the reader will see coming but it remains shocking and powerful these are real people and not fictional characters McAllester has one a good job in Jacques Blin, Céramiste et Porteur d'Histoires describing the nightmare for ordinary people trying to live through war and ethnic cleansing His account of his own experiences is less gripping but reasonably interestingWhat he hasn tone is give a broader perspective This book will tell you little about THE KOSOVO WAR IT S HISTORICAL Kosovo war it s historical the breakup of Yugoslavia. Winner Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2002 Non FictionThe story of Pec―Kosovo's most Les faïences de Strasbourg et de l'Est de la France destroyed cityuring the wars in SerbiaFor every survivor of a crime there is a criminal who forces his way into
the victim's thoughts long after the act has been committed Reporters victim's thoughts long after the act has been committed Reporters allowed into Kosovo uring the war without the pe. ,
Or the war s outcome and significance For those who are looking for a broader history of these events this book is entirely inadeuate Beyond the MOuntains of the Damned is a journalistic account of the 1999 war in Kosovo told through both the eyes of journalist Matthew McAllester as well as several of the victims The senseless brutality wrought upon the Muslim majority by the Serbs is well chronicled The Kosovo ethnic clensing effort lacked the systemic nature of the Nazi genocide or even the occasional grand scale of some of the atrocities committed in Bosnia but it was no less horrific Albnaians had their homes burned and their villiages estroyed and
were shot as the Serbs attempted to rive them outMost of the in the book takes place in and around the city of Pec in eastern Kosovo It was. Rmission of the Yugoslavian government but Matthew McAllester went anyway In Beyond the Mountains of the Damned he tells The Story Of Pec Kosovo’s Most Destroyed City And The story of Pec Kosovo’s most estroyed city and the of the earliest and worst atrocities of the war through the lives of two men―onemany were shot as the Serbs attempted to rive them outMost of the
Serb and one Kosovar They had known each other and been neighbors.and one Kosovar They had known each other and been neighbors.