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A Muslim psychiatrist and a Jewish journalist join together to tell a story of genocide and healing
Wounded I Am More Awake
Finding Meaning after Terror
julia lieblich and esad boškailo
ollowsthe story o Esad Boškailo, a doctorwho survives six concentrationcamps in Bosnia and emerges withpowerul new lessons or healing in anage o genocide.Tis gripping account raises ques-tions or healers, survivors, and readersstriving to understand the reality o warand the aermath o terror. Is it possibleto nd meaning aer enduring crimesagainst humanity? Can people heal aertrauma?Human rights journalist Julia Lieblichtakes the reader through Boškailo’s early years under ito to the wars when riendsturned on riends. She documents hisharrowing experiences in the camps,where the men he once joined or cofeemurder his best riend rom childhood.But the story does not end there.Boškailo moves to the United States anddecides to become a psychiatrist so hecan guide survivors through the long-term process o restoring hope. oday,inspired by the late psychiatrist andHolocaust survivor Viktor Frankl,Boškailo uses his own experience tohelp patients mourn their losses andnd meaning in the aermath o terror.
human rights / mental health
isan award-winninghuman rights journalist whosework has appearedin the
New York Times Magazine,
Washington Post, Time,Life,
A formerreligion writer forthe
and the AssociatedPress, she is anassistant professor of journalism at LoyolaUniversity Chicago.
I have just turned the last page. I eel drained, enraged, despairing orhumanity—but also enriched, confrmed, and, in a way, elated. Thisunlikely couple, a journalist who wrote the story and a psychiatrist wholived the story, have accomplished something that is remarkable andnecessary. They relived and recorded one man’s survival o genocide in anarrative that conveys such well-chosen detail that you smell the stenchand sweat o bodies in a concentration camp, but you have just enoughair to breathe and distance to carry you through the darkness.
“We must acknowledge the extremes o human evil, and ace the historyo collective atrocity. We must understand the impact o cruelty and losson those who escape and endure. And the only way to learn the hardestlessons o inhumanity is or the tale to be told so well that we permitourselves to take it in, to appreciate the dignity o those who have beendeliberately debased, but who act in small, decent ways. They share bread.They restrain anger that could damage a ellow prisoner. They testiy andrisk the reprisal o others and, even worse, the reprisal o unorgivingmemory. This is my world, the world o those who witness trauma andterror and loss. These are my people, the victims who prevail, the therapistswho listen, the journalists who witness, perceive, and relate.“Read this book. It will take you where you would rather not go, but youwill be better or going there.”
—Frank Ochberg, MD,
founder of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma
P h o t o b y N u s r e t A g o v i c P h o t o b y R o b e r t P o t t e r
is a Clinical Associate Professor in theDepartment of Psychiatry at the University of ArizonaCollege of Medicine-Phoenix and Associate Director of Psychiatric Residency Training at the Maricopa IntegratedHealth System. Trained in family medicine in Bosnia, heworks with survivors of trauma from domestic abuse to war.
April 2012 192 pages, 5.5 x 8.5 inchesindexcloth $39.95s ISBN 978-0-8265-1825-5paper $19.95t ISBN 978-0-8265-1826-2ebook $18.99 ISBN 978-0-8265-1827-9