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REMZIJE SHERIFI worked as a journalist with Radio Gjilan in Kosova. She lost her job, and almost her life, as the Milosevic regime steadily tightened its grip on the Albanian people who lived there. In SHADOW BEHIND THE SUN she recounts her family's history to shine a new light on the terrible events of the 1990s. Now a British citizen, she has made her commitment to Asylu REMZIJE SHERIFI worked as a journalist with Radio Gjilan in Kosova. She lost her job, and almost her life, as the Milosevic regime steadily tightened its grip on the Albanian people who lived there. In SHADOW BEHIND THE SUN she recounts her family's history to shine a new light on the terrible events of the 1990s. Now a British citizen, she has made her commitment to Asylum Seekers and other refugees, working with the Maryhill Integration Network in Glasgow. The shadow of past events stands behind the sunrise of every new constitutional or social development. Can they be forgotten? Should they? There has never been so much displacement in the world as at the present time. Beside the history of the Kosovar people she describes the plight of Asylum Seekers in the here and now. Remzije Sherifi is a compassionate and visionary presence in difficult and changing times.


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REMZIJE SHERIFI worked as a journalist with Radio Gjilan in Kosova. She lost her job, and almost her life, as the Milosevic regime steadily tightened its grip on the Albanian people who lived there. In SHADOW BEHIND THE SUN she recounts her family's history to shine a new light on the terrible events of the 1990s. Now a British citizen, she has made her commitment to Asylu REMZIJE SHERIFI worked as a journalist with Radio Gjilan in Kosova. She lost her job, and almost her life, as the Milosevic regime steadily tightened its grip on the Albanian people who lived there. In SHADOW BEHIND THE SUN she recounts her family's history to shine a new light on the terrible events of the 1990s. Now a British citizen, she has made her commitment to Asylum Seekers and other refugees, working with the Maryhill Integration Network in Glasgow. The shadow of past events stands behind the sunrise of every new constitutional or social development. Can they be forgotten? Should they? There has never been so much displacement in the world as at the present time. Beside the history of the Kosovar people she describes the plight of Asylum Seekers in the here and now. Remzije Sherifi is a compassionate and visionary presence in difficult and changing times.

37 review for Shadow Behind The Sun (Non-Fiction)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Tariq Mahmood

    I don't know what to make of this book, was it a story about the Kosovan civil war or asylum seekers in Glasgow? Bit of both I guess. The story promised a lot but delivered a lot less as the book presented little in detail, maybe I expected too much? The story revolves around the life if the author and her experiences as an asylum seeker in Glasgow. Both stories are presented from a very personal subjective angle set with occasional mentions of geopolitical context. There are details missing, li I don't know what to make of this book, was it a story about the Kosovan civil war or asylum seekers in Glasgow? Bit of both I guess. The story promised a lot but delivered a lot less as the book presented little in detail, maybe I expected too much? The story revolves around the life if the author and her experiences as an asylum seeker in Glasgow. Both stories are presented from a very personal subjective angle set with occasional mentions of geopolitical context. There are details missing, like the relationship between Kosovo, Albania and Macedonia as all three are ethnic Kosovons. Do the people want a united Albania instead if three independent governments for instance? The book could have done a much better job of presenting Kosovo to the world, opportunity lost.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Val

    The author is an Albanian woman from Kosova working for an immigrant assimilation programme in Glasgow. She gives us a family memoir, a bit of history and tells us about the Glasgow project and some of the people involved. She identifies herself as Albanian, not Yugoslavian or Kosovan, and sees Tito's relatively peaceful, stable and egalitarian Yugoslavia as merely a pause in centuries of Serbian nationalistic oppression of Albanians. It is a valid viewpoint, the stability did not survive Tito's The author is an Albanian woman from Kosova working for an immigrant assimilation programme in Glasgow. She gives us a family memoir, a bit of history and tells us about the Glasgow project and some of the people involved. She identifies herself as Albanian, not Yugoslavian or Kosovan, and sees Tito's relatively peaceful, stable and egalitarian Yugoslavia as merely a pause in centuries of Serbian nationalistic oppression of Albanians. It is a valid viewpoint, the stability did not survive Tito's death. The work for and by the immigrants in Glasgow is undoubtedly worthy and admirable, and the plights of some of the immigrants fearing or facing deportation heart-breaking, but I found this less interesting.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Natalia

    In my opinion the book didn't fulfill my expectations. The language doesn't flow and the editors could have done a better job checking the grammar. All in all, it is a personal account of a few episodes experienced by the author throughout the war and her struggles to integrate into UK society as an asylum seeker after. The book could have been more insightful, interesting and captivating but strikes me as boring, dry and a bit shallow. Pity, for I am sure the author has stories to tell but simp In my opinion the book didn't fulfill my expectations. The language doesn't flow and the editors could have done a better job checking the grammar. All in all, it is a personal account of a few episodes experienced by the author throughout the war and her struggles to integrate into UK society as an asylum seeker after. The book could have been more insightful, interesting and captivating but strikes me as boring, dry and a bit shallow. Pity, for I am sure the author has stories to tell but simply failed to express herself in written form properly.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Vivien

    This was a bit of an awful read in that it was written by an Albanian woman who had to flee Kosovo when Milosovich was organising massacres by the Serbs. What went on was so terrible and is particularly shocking as it was so recent. It appears that after the Nazi holocaust the world said never again and it keeps on happening. The chapters on the was are interspersed with chapters on her life now helping asylum seekers and refugees in Glasgow - the UK should be ashamed of the way these people are This was a bit of an awful read in that it was written by an Albanian woman who had to flee Kosovo when Milosovich was organising massacres by the Serbs. What went on was so terrible and is particularly shocking as it was so recent. It appears that after the Nazi holocaust the world said never again and it keeps on happening. The chapters on the was are interspersed with chapters on her life now helping asylum seekers and refugees in Glasgow - the UK should be ashamed of the way these people are treated.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Reader28

    Yes, as others have said, it may have benefited from the services of a copy-editor, but it is an insightful book. An important story that needs telling. I hope to see more books like this to help breakdown barriers and to allow people to see the best in each other and enrich our society in ways we could not have foreseen.

  6. 4 out of 5

    mrs rebecca bootle

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    Hazel Phillips

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    SYLVIA

  13. 5 out of 5

    Mark Boyle

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    Alys

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    Oksana Hroshovyk

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