Only here does the peony bloom in such strong shades of red, because the ground was soaked in so much blood. What happened on the night when a Serbian couple was brutally murdered in their house in Kosovo? Milena Lukin might never have looked into the matter if her uncle Miodrag had not recognized the murdered woman as his first love. She contacts the couple's children and ventures to the scene of the crime - and into the dark depths of politics. Gradually, she comes to suspect that the killers are not from far away, but very close to her, in beautiful Belgrade. Peony Red tells a story of how the flames of political conflict are fanned and kept alive behind the scenes because Serbs and Kosovars profit from that conflict.
Jelena Volic is an academic, lecturing in Modern German Literature. She divides her time between Belgrade and Berlin. Christian Schunemann, born in 1968, is a journalist who has worked in Moscow and Bosnia-Herzegovina. He received the Helmut Stegmann Prize for Journalism in 2001.