Whoever wrote “Danger or Distraction“, for the Economist, unknowingly stole my attention back, twenty or so years, to violence kept at a distance. At that time, I was still engaged in levels of clinical social work that put me strange and violent situations. However, the violence I knew was like child’s play in comparison to what was then happening in the Balkans.
Now, I’d never heard of Steve and so had no idea whether I’d like his work or not. By the time I was only a quarter of the way his book, I was joyfully that he had caught my attention. Styling the story through perspectives of several people gave me the same delightfully confused perspective I knew in still counseling, using a family systems tilt.
Able to look into several those few months, Steve took us through, I was intrigued with each character’s conflictual mix of thoughts, feelings and truly dangerous sets of events. As the author of “Danger or Distraction” laid current things out I was experiencing a powerful mix of fiction and news.
Yet, I wasn’t done listening through this century and a half old newspaper. In the Middle East and Africa section another article melded into Galloway’s book. “The Melody of life and death” took the next step and surfaced the cellist. It took little more than a sentence or two into this article that before I saw the cover of Steve Galloway’s book. I’d swear that, whoever, authored this article was thinking about “The Cellist of Sarajevo” as she or he wrote it.