Monday, August 24, 2015

Up with Geography: Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina



European continent. Bosnia and Herzegovina
outlined in dark ink & shaded.

Close up of Bosnia and Herzegovina &
its neighbors.

Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro

Water Borders:
Adriatic Sea (but only for 12 miles)

Total Area:
19,741 square miles

Five Largest Cities:
Sarajevo, Banja Luka, Tuzla, Zenica, Mostar

Famous Geographical Point:
Dinaric Alps

Famous Person:
Selma Harrington, architect

Book Set In/About:
Death and the Dervish by Mesa Selimovic

Set in Sarajevo during the 18th century, it's the fictional account of a man trying to determine what's happened to his brother after his arrest by Turkish authorities (who at the time occupied Bosnia). Released in the 1960s, it's considered a commentary on social & political oppression in then-Yugoslavia and was wildly popular.

Movie Set In/About:
"No Man's Land (Nicija zemlja)" (2001), directed by Danis Tanovic

Set in 1993, during the height of the fighting in former Yugoslavia, it's about two soldiers from opposing sides trapped together in a trench in "no man's land."

Headline of the Day:
"'Our Everyday Life' from Bosnia Enters Oscar 2016 Race" in Focus News


Patricia said...

Ah yes, one of the countries that will always be associated with war and my young adult years. I always felt guilty that I didn't keep up with developments in that war. But I didn't.

balyien said...

I had similar thoughts in my head when I was writing up this post. "Say, what was that war all about?" I wondered. "Muslims versus, uh, Christians, I guess? Man, I'm depressingly ill informed." Maybe I'll see if there's a good book about it and add it to my list.