Blood and honey

ZAGREB – Writer and historian Irene van der Linde and documentary photographer Nicole Segers travel in the footsteps of the British writer Rebecca West through former Yugoslavia and Albania. With West’s magnum opus Black Lamb and Grey Falcon (1942) in their hands, they go in search of the meaning of the new borders in the Balkans.

In Blood and Honey (Bloed en honing), Van der Linde and Segers travel over quiet roads, arid plateaus, through desolate villages and dark rock gorges. They visit cities with magical names like Dubrovnik, Sarajevo, Skopje, Ohrid and Tirana. They show the world of ordinary people with an extraordinary history. People who dream, fight, fear, struggle with their fate. As in a polyphonic choir they tell about their lives. Blood and Honey is an innovative and unique combination of literary non-fiction and documentary photography.

Blood and honey is about unity and separation. About the sobering reality of nationalism put into practice. About hope and disappointment, passion and lethargy. About daily worries and geopolitical forces. About the role of the past in the present. About the fragmentation of a region, a danger that also threatens societies elsewhere in Europe.

Don’t think that it won’t happen, that there can’t be war. The world in which you live, which you take for granted, can be over in one fell swoop. Nobody believed it, nor did we, but it happened anyway,’ says historian Jesenko Galijašević at his home in Sarajevo.

Photo: © Nicole Segers

Irene van der Linde (1963) is a Dutch journalist.

Irene van der Linde (1963) has worked on the editorial board of De Groene Amsterdammer since 2012. She studied historical sciences at the University of Amsterdam and worked for years as a freelance writer and journalist for various daily and weekly newspapers. Together with documentary photographer Nicole Segers, Van der Linde has been exploring the borders of Europe since 2001.

Nicole Segers (1960) is a Dutch freelance photographer.

“I mainly work in long-term projects, published and exhibited in the Netherlands and abroad. I investigate contemporary subjects. I make work in series and single images.

I collaborated with Rem Koolhaas, Leo Divendal, Luuk Kramer, Irene van der Linde and Marc Prust”.


  • Title: Bloed en honing
  • Subtitle: Ontmoetingen op de grenzen van de Balkan
  • Authors: Irene van de Linde & Nicole Segers
  • Language: Dutch
  • Bindwijze: Hardcover
  • Date of pulication: First printrun, October 2020 | Second printrun, March 2021
  • Number of pages: 688
  • Publisher: Boom Amsterdam in cooperation with Lecturis
  • EAN: 9789024432127 | Signed luxury edition with print: 9789024442225


‘We waren allemaal Joegoslaven’, De Groene Amsterdammer, 22/10/2020.


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