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IN MY life, I have found only three writers for whom I feel love - not adulation, but personal affection for three human beings. I met none of them. One, Alexander Herzen, died long before I was born and the second, Primo Levi, killed himself in 1987. But there is no mistaking the blaze of recognition, the annunciation of a new and intimate friend, which can happen while a book is being read.

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Zagreb - The nationalist party of President Franjo Tudjman of Croatia headed for victory in parliamentary elections but was well short of the big majority he had sought after crushing rebel Serbs in war.

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The casual visitor to Zagreb could be forgiven for thinking that Franjo Tudjman, President and self-styled "Father of the Croatian Nation", was up for re-election. His jowls and fixed smile are everywhere: on electronic billboards or posters, on television and on calendars handed out by newspapers, sometimes in tandem with the fascist wartime leader, Ante Pavelic, but never with Tito, the most famous Croat of all.

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LEADING ARTICLE : The war crimes of Croatia

President Franjo Tudjman's government came to power in Croatia claiming to represent democracy, European culture and Christian values. Its conquest of the rebel Serb areas of the Krajina was accompanied by renewed bombast to that effect and drew applause from Croatia's sponsors, Germany and the United States. It is now clear that Croatian forces committed widespread murder against elderly Serb non-combatants while looting and burning Serb homes. Under any of the international legal conventions which Croatia purports to recognise, these are war crimes.

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US mediator Richard Holbrooke, "daunted by the thicket of issues on the negotiating table", left Sarajevo last night and headed for Belgrade and Zagreb for further talks on ceasefire terms. Meanwhile, Bosnian government forces launched a fresh offensive, advancing towards the town of Mrkonjic Grad.

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