‘The Impossible Balancing Act’

.. is the name of my first novel. It’s set in post-war Mostar, a town ravaged during the Bosnian war, and still ethnically divided today, twenty years on.

The story follows Jean-Luc Degorce, a French engineer, who arrives in Mostar in 1995. He’s sent by the EU to re-build the historic Ottoman bridge, Stari Most, destroyed in the war. Jean-Luc gets to know the people of Mostar, their history and legend. He meets Asmir Duran, once bridge-diving champion of Mostar, and Maria Lovren, a feisty school-teacher, both of whom want to speed up the process of reconciliation in their communities.

Jean-Luc begins to understand the difficulties involved and vows to help. He uses the reconstruction of the bridge to bring the sides together, but comes under pressure from his EU boss, who just wants the job done as quickly and cheaply as possible. The ethnic factions in the town can’t agree on anything, the animosity increases and the bridge becomes an emotive symbol for both sides.

Jean-Luc’s ideal of re-building Stari Most begins to unravel. Tragedy strikes, reminding everyone that Mostar is still a minefield of ethnic and political tension.

Meanwhile, Stari Most, stands silently in the background, a symbolic reminder for  everyone to see.

From this…

To this…

To this…

To this…

To this…

But then what?