Monday, February 25, 2008

POB ~ a book affected by world events

Click above to view a 3-minute interview with Geraldine Brooks on the facts behind the book. And be aware as you read The People of the Book that the Sarajevo Haggadah is presently owned by the National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo, where it is on permanent display. Do you realize that Bosnia (whose capital is Sarajevo) and Kosovo (which proclaimed independence from Serbia last week) are both parts of the former Yugoslavia? Take a good look at this map of the area, where the religions of "the people of the book" (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) are jumbled together in often unhappy juxtaposition.

(Click to enlarge map.)

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