Trysta Montgomery is a twenty-three year old Australian university graduate who plunges into the world of humanitarian work at the height of the war in the former Yugoslavia in 1993. Initially secluded from the enemy in the relative safety of the beautiful Dalmatian coast and its overflowing refugee camps, Trysta eventually finds herself behind the front lines in Serb-occupied Croatia. Based on the author's actual experiences as a humanitarian aid worker, this fictional account of a young woman's foray into 'someone else's war' is an intelligent and powerful observation of the 1990s conflict and its aftermath, a poignant journey into a European paradise devastated by war.
About the Author
Mishka Gora is an Australian writer who specialises in the areas of conscience, war, international justice, and the former Yugoslavia. Her articles criticising the ICTY's handling of the cases of Generals Ante Gotovina and Malden Markac have drawn international attention, and this work is featured in the 2012 Croatian documentary film Udruzena Nepravda (Joint Injustice). She worked as a humanitarian aid worker in the former Yugoslavia in 1993, holds degrees in American Studies, Philosophy, and History from Monash and Brown universities, and her doctoral work on conscience won the 2007 George Yule Essay Prize.