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Surviving Peace by by Olivera Simić

News author: Olivera Simić
2012-01-29 10:26:20 / News read 1735 reading

'HOW close have you been to death?' she asked me while I was drinking a cocktail at her housewarming party. I was breathless and just stared at her, not knowing how to respond.


'HOW close have you been to death?' she asked me while I was drinking a cocktail at her housewarming party. I was breathless and just stared at her, not knowing how to respond. I vividly remember that hot summer night two years ago. I was sitting on a veranda, happily chatting, when the question was asked and it abruptly interrupted the meaningless conversation I was engaged in. I didn't respond, but was instantly drowned in painful memories of the past. Uninvited and unwanted images burst from my sub-conscious and I found myself miles and years away from the hot Brisbane night, back in the familiar, beloved and shattered places where I grew up, surrounded by friends I had not seen for ages and by those who had lost their lives. This wasn't the first time I had been asked such questions. Where was I during the war? What happened to me? How did I survive the war? Which ethnic group do I belong to?


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