Trysta Montgomery is a twenty-three year old Australian university graduate who plunges into the world of humanitarian work at the height of the war in the former Yugoslavia in 1993. Initially secluded from the enemy in the relative safety of the beautiful Dalmatian coast and its overflowing refugee camps, Trysta eventually finds herself behind the front lines in Serb-occupied Croatia.
Based on the author’s actual experiences as a humanitarian aid worker, this fictional account of a young woman’s foray into ‘someone else’s war’ is an intelligent and powerful observation of the 1990s conflict and its aftermath, a poignant journey into a European paradise devastated by war.
“Based on the author's experiences as a humanitarian worker … written in a smooth and intelligent manner…. Perhaps Mishka Gora’s novel… will be an inspiration for Croatian directors to finally make a good feature film about the aggression against Croatia which will be understood by all the world.”
(Jadranka Jureško-Kero, Vecernji List)
“Mishka Gora’s abundant use of dialogue achieves verisimilitude… she possesses the essential professional storytelling skill which arouses the senses to feel and see the reality that once was, no matter how unforgiving or unforgivable that reality might have been…. an amazingly rich, emotionally detailed portrait of human nature.”
(Ina Vukic, Croatia, the War, and the Future)
Fragments of War
can be purchased direct from the publisher CreateSpace
(discount code FKMD96HA), and also from Amazon.