• Noni


We adored Sarajevo and found that it's the kind of place where the more you learn about it, the more you get out of it. We were particularly interested in the Siege of Sarajevo from 1992-95: the longest siege in modern history.

One of the best ways to learn about the city is of course to jump on a few tours (we did the Neno & Friends free walking tours which were brilliant), but if that's not an option, we've compiled a short list of where to learn more about the siege of Sarajevo:


Logavina Street: Life and Death in a Sarajevo Neighborhood by Barbara Demick

This is non-fiction written like a captivating novel - it’s hard to put down. In it, Demick examines the lives of the families on one street, a street that serves as a microcosm for Sarajevo, and how they changed during siege.

“The Roses of Sarajevo” by Kaushal Oza

This quick article by award winning travel writer gives insight to the significance of the Sarajevan roses.

People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks

While not explicitly about the siege, this novel explores the history of Sarajevo’s prize possession, the Jewish Haggadah, through the protagonist, a book conservationist called in to assess the manuscript in the wake of the conflict.


Holiday Inn Sarajevo: In the Eye of the Siege (War Hotels series)

The siege told from the perspective of the reporters that used the Holiday Inn on Sniper Alley as a base for reporting the conflict.

Sector Sarajevo

This documentary approaches the siege through the Canadian UN peacekeepers. Considering the controversy around the actions of the UN (or lack of actions…) this makes interesting viewing and offers insight into some of the biases at play.

Sarajevo Roses

This documentary tells the captivating stories of survivors of the siege whilst still capturing the warmth and resilience of the people of Sarajevo.