The fading footprint of a lost language

Chernobyl Strawberries, by Vesna Goldsworthy, Atlantic Books, €21.60.

2nd April, 2005

Chernobyl Strawberries, by Vesna Goldsworthy, Atlantic Books, €21.60.

What do we miss most when we give up our home for another country? For Vesna Goldsworthy, a Serb living in London, the answer is language. Not the broad sweep of her mother tongue around her, but the nuances and inflections of speech that cannot be conveyed. For the author, they are a fading footprint of her disappeared land.

Goldsworthy, nee Bjelogrlic, had a privileged upbringing as...

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