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An Armenian Sketchbook
An Armenian Sketchbook
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful sense of common humanity, 30 Jan 2014
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Grossman went to Armenia when distressed by the arrest of Life and Fate and the breaking up of his marriage. He went as a 'translator' who did not know anything of the language (!) and he did not seem to make friends with the writer and other intellectuals he worked with. This gives the narrative a special charm because he is rather isolated, responds reflectively to the landscape (he is very funny about how stony the whole country is) and mixes with the poor peasants. There are rambling reflections on such subjects as the persistence of Paganism in the Armenian version of Christianity, and a fascinating chapter of reflections on a variety of motivations for suicide. It all ends with a glorious set-piece wedding amongst the peasants in which there is a most moving sense of reciprocity between the illiterate Armenians who had suffered genocide in 1915 and Hitler's invasion in the forties, and their Jewish visitor Grossman.


The Road: Short Fiction and Essays
The Road: Short Fiction and Essays
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5.0 out of 5 stars The profound humanity of Grossman shines through all he writes., 21 Nov 2013
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The early short stories are beautiful.
The report Grossman wrote when the Red Army first entered the Treblinka extermination camp and he was the first writer to collect testimony is devastating. Here there is an editor's essay correcting some errors in the light of more recent and thorough research, and setting it in context.
The profound humanity of Grossman shines through all he writes.


Tao Te Ching
Tao Te Ching
by Lao Tsu
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars My all-time favourite book., 18 April 2013
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This translation is very fine. It is a beautiful blend of the original ideas and readable, sensitive English. I also love the photography. Jane English has an eye for the elusive Tao!


Mudlark
Mudlark
by John Sedden
Edition: Paperback

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5.0 out of 5 stars Through the eyes of an innocent, 9 Oct 2005
This review is from: Mudlark (Paperback)
This story deals with the subject-matter of dark hard-boiled crime novels about serial sex-killers, but, because it is all seen through the eyes of an innocent, it retains a cheerful, life affirming optimistic charm! The beautiful balance between the invisible dark side and the boyish, lively action which we see gives the book layers of depth and unspoken compassion. A wonderful tale, perfectly suitable, in spite of the sinister subject, for children from ten or eleven up.


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