Chronicle of Evil; Konjic: 1992 – 1995
Goran Sarić's war diary is an extraordinary testimony about his and my town Konjic during the last Bosnian war, which can be taken as a paradigm for the representation of the war on the entire territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina under the control of the Army of BiH.
Sarić stayed in the town almost to the end of the war writing about the war from the perspective of everyday life as a „multiple marginal person“ and „outsider“. In addition to being Serb, „a potential source of evil“, in the perception of the part of his fellow citizens, it is good to mention that he has less physical ability which was reason that he is not served the Yugoslav People's Army, so he was not suitable as a soldier for any side in the war. By profession, he is a librarian, keeper of the collected knowledge in one place, which, at the time of book-burning and erasing and redrawing history, also means marginal preson. In the war he dealt with humanitarian work when humanity on all sides was almost useless... And because of that perspective of „multiple marginal person“ his testimony is authentic because he has not written as a PR or a supporter of any ideology of evil and war, he wrote as an individual who has found himself in an intolerable situation, he wrote to himself, led a dialogue with himself to easily withstand life in a world turned upside down. He wrote about the evil that the Serbian and Croatian army inflicted on his city, but also about the evil which has been inflicted by its defenders called the Army of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina. (...) From Sarić's diary we can certainly discern that on this side of the military, police and political structures certainly worked on ethnic cleansing, slightly more sophisticated than it happened in Serbian and Croatian side, but almost equally effective. If we consider that Konjic is the „first open city“ in Bosnia, then this writing is much more harder because in terms of its multiethnicity almost nothing has been done, even if because of its determinants - the first open city - should be an example to other cities . (...)That is, one might say, ideological underlying concept of the diary which makes it interesting for the truth about the Bosnian war and the destruction of myths about it. (...)
(Part of the review of the book by Goran Sarić: Lijepo gore klasici marksizma)