Entangled in Yugoslavia - an Outsider's Memoir is a portrait of a country that no longer exists, addressing the generations who have no idea about what Yugoslavia was like. The author travelled extensively in the former republics: both as a foreign service wife in the socialist period, and an international relief worker during the subsequent collapse of the society leading to all out civil war. More
Entangled in Yugoslavia - an Outsider's Memoir is a compelling combination of personal memoir as well as a portrait of a collapsing society. The author is a foreign service wife returning to Belgrade - the scene of a previous posting - to find that the city she had known as a stable peaceful place, under Marshall Tito's special brand of self management socialism, was caught up in political upheaval. This objective account relies on the testimonies of people coming from many different national and class groups. The author travelled extensively in all the republics and became heavily involved in the psychological turmoil taking place. She eventually finds release from the stultifying frustration of Belgrade politics by joining the international relief effort with the outbreak of war in Bosnia & Herzegovina, working for Unicef to deliver relief supplies to war torn areas.