The Hemingway Book Club of Kosovo
by Paula Huntley

Leonard, Spring, 2002

Paula with Granit 2

Teacher, Paula, with Besart

Jehona - one of Ed's Kosovar legal assistants

The Book

The Kosovo Albanians who told Paula Huntley their stories had suffered through decades of stagnation under communism, and a decade of vicious apartheid under Milosevic. They had survived the horrendous brutalities and ethnic cleansing of 1998-99.

Yet, the stories in The Hemingway Book Club of Kosovo don't create a bleak tale of horror and hopelessness. Rather, they tell us of the human capacity for endurance. They tell of the remarkable courage and resilience of the Kosovo Albanians. They tell of the amazing spirit- and hopefulness - of Huntley's Albanian students.

And they remind us of the courage, the strength, the compassion, and the generosity of which we are all capable.

The first meeting of The Hemingway Book Club of Kosovo - Prishtina, October, 2000

Edona, Granit 2 and Luan at the Going-Away party for "Teacher" - Spring, 2001

"Sometimes a small story tells a far larger one. Such is the case with The Hemingway Book Club of Kosovo. Paula Huntley shows us the common humanity that can heal even the most terrible wounds."
- Ambassador Richard Holbrooke

Published by Tarcher/Penguin.

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