MIDNIGHT TRAIN: A CROATIAN'S SEARCH FOR FREEDOM
WHY is Midnight Train more relevant today than ever? The book's main character explains:
"When the communist regime infiltrated the country, they closed our churches. They silenced our intellectuals. Censorship was rampant.
They took our streets, our monuments, destroyed them and renamed them.
Of course they took our guns. You can defend yourself with a gun. They wanted the people defenseless and weak.
They took our money and redistributed it. They devalued the currency too. One minute you are using kuna, and the next minute they want you to use dinars. The kuna was illegal, just like that, because they said so. Then they took what we had and put it in the hands of the people they wanted to have it. 'Adjustment Society' is what they called it. They said it was fair and equal, but we knew what that was: stealing. You earned it, and they took it.
They built a fence on our land, said it was theirs, and that was that.
We listened to the propaganda. They played it on the loud speakers. We were forced to hear that. It was playing non-stop. Today they call it a narrative. We knew that was brain-washing, and we closed our minds to it.
They stopped us from gathering. When you gather, you talk. They did not want us talking to each other.
This was a lesson for us back then, but we are repeating the past. I left that to come here. I hope people know the history, and I hope they read and understand it. Only then will we keep ourselves and our children from repeating it."
Midnight Train is based on the life and times of Mirko. Filled with intrigue and insight, this book is the epic journey of a Croatian boy who yearns to stay true to himself. Born in the heart of central Europe at the the start of World War II, Mirko opens his eyes to a world filled with growing turmoil, political oppression, and civil unrest. He encounters tremendous resistance as he confronts life's hardest lessons about war, peace, family, politics, freedom, and perseverance.
Midnight Train takes the reader on an emotional journey to discover what it was like growing up behind the Iron Curtain that was drawn in the heart of central Europe, revealing decades of conflict and the journey of one boy to find freedom and the beauty of the human spirit.
"Told with humor, wisdom, and heart-felt inspiration, this
book is a genuine must read for anyone interested in the lessons of the past
and what they have to teach us about events taking place in our world today.”