When Zlata s Diary was first published at the height of the Bosnian
conflict, it became an international bestseller and was compared to "The
Diary of Anne Frank," both for the freshness of its voice and the
grimness of the world it describes.
It begins as the day-today record of
the life of a typical eleven-year-old girl, preoccupied by piano
lessons and birthday parties. But as war engulfs Sarajevo, Zlata
Filipovic becomes a witness to food shortages and the deaths of friends
and learns to wait out bombardments in a neighbor s cellar. Yet
throughout she remains courageous and observant. The result is a book
that has the power to move and instruct readers a world away."
Zlata Filipovic wrote her diary between September 1991 and October 1993.
Following its publication, she was awarded the Special Child of Courage
Award by the Simon Wiesenthal Center. She and her family left Sarajevo
in December of 1993, and used the proceeds from the book to launch a
charity for child victims of the Bosnian war.