The Legend says that Dracula, the Balkans’ Devil, was buried at the isolated Snagov Monastery not far from Bucharest, Romania. History has it that the Monastery was a torture chamber. Near to the end of the twentieth century, killing fields spread around this beautiful peninsula and most of them were in Yugoslavia, the biggest country in this part of the world. Many people never escaped from those bloody prisons. Even today, when they no longer exist, screams coming from the sites of the prisons are loud and painful. They remind us that even walls can’t keep secrets; they share stories of haunted souls that refuse to let peace breathe freely. The difference between you, me and them is that they are trapped in the darkness of their ghost towns and we are following the shadows of our ignorant world. Nevertheless, in the belly of our Earth Mother, they wait for us. When you hear the doorbell it will be too late to run or to hide. They will be pushing through. They will be delivered right before your eyes. As your path closes, their path will be a wide open way of possibilities.
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Snjezana, which translates to Snow-White in English, was born in Sarajevo, her fairy tale city, which was between the years 1992-1996 almost erased from the picture of world.
Her writing was published in numerous European publications including magazines San, Ty& Ja, Pribechy Lasky, Lasky Do Kabelky, and Divka. In 1996, she received Frintiskove Lazne Prize for Literature. Her stories and poems were read on Radio Sarajevo in Yugoslavia, Radio Brno, Radio Plzen, and CT 1 television program in the Czech Republic, and Literary Event of Brookhaven College in Farmers Branch, Texas.
Currently, she focuses on conveying encouraging ideas birthed in hope for the advancement of peace on the earth.