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Black Butterflies

Priscilla Morris

From Shelf: The 2023 Women's Prize for Fiction Longlist

Inspired by real-life accounts of the Siege of Sarajevo, only thirty years ago, Black Butterflies is a heartrending and utterly captivating portrait of disintegration, resilience and hope.

SHORTLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZE 2023

SHORTLISTED FOR THE RSL ONDAATJE PRIZE 2023

SHORTLISTED FOR THE AUTHORS' CLUB BEST FIRST NOVEL AWARD 2023

SHORTLISTED FOR THE WILBUR SMITH PRIZE 2023

SHORTLISTED FOR THE NOTA BENE PRIZE 2023

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Sarajevo, spring 1992. Each night, nationalist gangs erect barricades, splitting the diverse city into ethnic enclaves; each morning, the residents - whether Muslim, Croat or Serb - push the makeshift barriers aside.

When violence finally spills over, Zora, an artist and teacher, sends her husband and elderly mother to safety with her daughter in England. Reluctant to believe that hostilities will last more than a handful of weeks, she stays behind while the city falls under siege. As the assault deepens and everything they love is laid to waste, black ashes floating over the rooftops, Zora and her friends are forced to rebuild themselves, over and over. Theirs is a breathtaking story of disintegration, resilience and hope.

Format:
Paperback / softback
Pages:
288
Publisher:
Duckworth Books
ISBN:
9780715654613
Published Date:
20/4/2023
Dimensions:
198mm x 129mm
Category:
Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

RRP: £9.99

Format: Paperback / softback

ISBN: 9780715654613


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