Only the Nails Remain: Scenes from the Balkan Wars is a chronicle of poet and critic Christopher MerrillOs ten war-time journeys to the Balkans from the years 1992 through 1996. At once a travelogue, a book of war reportage, and a biography of the imagination under siege, this beautifully written and personal narrative takes the reader along on the authorOs journeys to all the provinces and republics of the former Yugoslavia and surrounding countries. This literary meditation on war is a fascinating portrait of the poetry, politics and the people of the Balkans which will provide insight into the past, present, and future of those war-torn lands.
Christopher Merrill is a poet and critic and is the author or translator of more than a dozen books, including the highly praised The Old Bridge: The Third Balkan War and the Age of the Refugee. He reviews regularly for the Los Angeles Times and the San Francisco Chronicle. His writings have appeared in such publications as Sierra, Sports Illustrated, The Nation, DoubleTake, Orion, and The Paris Review. He holds the William H. Jenks Chair in Contemporary Letters at the College of the Holy Cross and lives in Connecticut.
Part 1 August-September 1992 Chapter 2 Journey Chapter 3 Pohorje Chapter 4 Ljubljana I Chapter 5 Triglav Chapter 6 Ljubljana II Chapter 7 Venice Chapter 8 Vilenica Part 9 December 1992-February 1993 Chapter 10 Croatia Chapter 11 Dalmatia Chapter 12 Serbia Chapter 13 Montenegro Chapter 14 Macedonia Chapter 15 Kosovo Chapter 16 Flight Part 17 May 1993-April 1996 Chapter 18 Sarajevo I Chapter 19 Sarajevo II Chapter 20 Mostar Chapter 21 Sarajevo III Chapter 22 Albania Chapter 23 Expedition Chapter 24 Barcelona Chapter 25 Epilogue