Drazan Gunjaca - We are all brothers



We are all brothers
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- preface
- recension

- Balkan Farewells
- The Balkan Roulette
- The Shade of Reason
- Love as punishment
- Half-way o heaven
- Good night my friends
- Dreams have no price
- We are all brothers
- The Balkan aquarelle
- The sky over Dalmatia



In the collection of 14 essays entitled "All men are brothers", Drazan Gunjaca deals with the theme of war with lucid consciousness, putting responsibility not only on political leaders and heads of state, but dividing it up in equal shares for all of humanity.
We should all take part of the responsibility on ourselves. ("... Even if the five-year-long war has only recently ended, this country lives today as if the war never happened. A couple of friends concluded, satisfied, that war really seems to be behind us, and that nothing reminded of it any more...")
"All men are brothers" is a book that seems difficult to read at first glance, but delving deeper in the themes it elaborates, the key to its reading seems ever more accessible, revealing the numerous facets of the situation that is not only the heritage of those who have experienced war in person, but off all of us who, being humans, feel part of it.
War is therefore only a starting point for the author; with the strength of logic, cold and accurate determination, he denudes one by one the questions the modern man should ask himself.
His reflections go from patriotism to the tragic attack on September 11, 2001, to the consequences, or "collaterals" as he calls the war in Afghanistan and later Iraq.
The aim is that of raising the conscience of men who used to be warriors, heros and ended up being "modern lepers" that everybody avoids.
His knife goes directly to the wound, emphasizing the difficulty to survive after the war that creates heroes in order to destroy them later, when they are not useful any more...
("It is so difficult to be a simple man in war, wherever it comes upon you. History is interested only in those up to its measure, not in simple people") says the author of this work that digs deep in our consciences leaving us perhaps sad but more conscious and certainly less poor.
Renza Agnelli