Good Reads

Much has been written, especially in modern times, about the complicated Balkans. And Croatian literature is rich,  often with an ethereal or mystical component with deep Slavic emotion. Here are recommnedations from our AE crew and guests of travel, fiction & non-fiction books, articles and references, which give insight into the people, region, culture, history & pshyche of Croatia and the Balkans.


  • The Cello of Srajevo by Steven Galloway – fiction
  • The Bridge on the River Drina and other works by Ivo Andric- fiction – one of my favorites
  • Love thy Neighbor: A Story of War by Peter Maass
  • Baba Yaga Laid an Egg by Dubravka Ugresic – classic fiction
  • The First Rule of Swimming by Courtney Angela Brkic
  • Cafe Europa: Life After Communism by Slavenka Drakulic
  • On the Edge of Reason by Miroslav Krezla
  • Judita by Marko Marulic
  • The Return of Philip Latinowicz, by Miroslav Krezla
  • Zagreb, Exit South by Edo Popovic
  • The Hired Man by Aminatta Forna
  • Girl at War by Sara Novic
  • No Signal Area by Robert Perišić
  • EEG by Daša Drndić
  • The Unbearable Lightness of Being, by Milna Kundera – classic fiction set in Prague in 1968
  • The Trial, Franz Kafka – classic existential fiction exposing the inane bureaucracy of the Eastern European political and social experience
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Non Fiction

  • Croatia: A History by Ivo Goldstein & Nikolina Jovanović
  • Balkan Ghosts: A Journey Through History by Robert Kaplan
  • The Balkan Express by Slavenka Drakulic
  • To End a War by Richard Holbrooke
  • Istria, Storia, Arte, Cultura by Dario Alberi – a tome (1000 pages), but lots of information and some entertainment
  • Black Falcon & Gray Lamb by Rebecca West – the classic travel book about Croatia up to WWII
  • Croatia: A Nation Forged in War by Marcus Tanner
  • The Culture of Lies, by Dubravka Ugresic
  • Praque Winter: A personal Story of Remembrance and War by Madeleine Albright & Bill Woodward
  • The Slovenia Book by John Bills VI, William Dunn, James Cosier. Edited by Niko Slavnic. Good collection of travel tips from a group of in-country journalists from In Your Pocket Slovenia by Bogomil Ferfila – political & Economic transition from the socialist republic to the free market economy
  • A Brief History Of Slovenia: Historical Background Of The Republic Of Slovenia by Janko Prunk
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