by William Jovanovich
Serbs as a people, as a nation, have
been demonized in the press and by the U.S. government despite having been
the steadfast ally of the U.S. in two world wars. Here Jovanovich puts
straight who these people are, both in Yugoslavia and in America, where
he was raised in their tradition.
Jovanovich’s sensibility is forged by Serbdom. He gives both an historical and an immediate view of the Serbian faith and valor and constancy. Rarely has a book so integrally combined large—indeed desperate—events with a sense of intimacy. He speaks of works and wars as he feels their effects. His own life is lighted by momentousness.
Serbdom not only looks across decades, centuries, but it also directly observes. It is a plea for understanding and also a pronouncement. It is a man’s passion seen plainly through splendid prose.
||About the Author
Born in 1920 of immigrant parents,
William Jovanovich attended public schools in Denver, Colorado, and, later,
three universities where he studied English literature. He served four
years in World War II as an officer in the U.S. Navy. He and his wife were
married for over fifty years when he died in 2001. He is survived by his
wife, their three children, and six grandchildren.