The Angel Of Grozny: Life Inside Chechnya Paperback – 2 Apr 2009
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The best book in English about one of the world's most brutal and under-reported conflicts ... a fascinating, if often horrifying, read (Christina Lamb, Sunday Times)
Invaluable ... she has a real eye for detail and the human heart of a story (Observer)
Touching stories of loss, survival and bravery ... an invaluable account of the stormy conflicts that have blighted the area for centuries (Time Out)
Impossible to ignore ... [An] important book (Guardian)
* 'I devoured this in a few hours - a powerful book of heartbreaking yet flamboyant reportage from a forgotten hell' Simon Sebag-MontefioreSee all Product Description
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There are some shocking and upsetting incidents described, so be warned. Indeed, if i remember correctly the opening is uber-Dickensian in its depictions.
If I could, I'd give the book a 4.5.
Caught in the middle of the conflict, fuelled by the self interest of both the Russian Federation and Chechnyan Mafiosi, are survivors desperately trying to hang on to their humanity. Their everyday lives are beyond bleak but the author's often fleeting relationships with the ordinary, in the loosest sense of the term, people of Grozny does at least demonstrate that, even when all hope is lost, people do survive.
It is easy to read this book and lose a sense of reality, to forget that this isn't a fiction about boys killing dogs but about the violent transference of their very real suffering into an abhorent acts. The Angel herself is a voice in the wilderness, one of many trying to make sense of the conflict and oppression. Saving others seems to be the only way that she has of saving herself.
An excellent, but sometimes uncomfortable, read which will hopefully make the reader consider how lucky some of us are, but wonder how it is that some of us can treat one another in such appalling ways.
Asne as always does a great job of making you connect to these people of whom she writes of...an exellent, harrowing read..highly recomended and at a great price on Amazon compared to the High Street.
The trouble between Russia and this republic dates back into ancient times: Tolstoy served here, fighting local rebels. More recently the hatred felt by the Chechens for Russia was fanned by the policy of moving whole villages of Chechens to live in the wilds of Kazakhstan. And as one reads of the destruction, the brutal killings and beatings by Putin's men, one feels utter sympathy for Chechnya.
And yet the author presents a balanced picture: the Russian soldiers, young conscripts straight out of school, killed or horrifically maimed by Chechen landmines. Perceived 'special treatment' of Chechen migrants to Moscow - infuriating the Russians.
And the issue of Islamic fundamentalism, which was starting to figure in the Chechens' reason for making war on their neighbor....Does Putin have reason for his iron control over the republic?
Not a book with any answers, but extremely informative and readable.
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Intelligent and impartial account which has you gripped from the start.Published 14 months ago by Monica watson
A fasinating book with a subject matter that is never revealed when reading news from these conflict zones in the press, the hardship yet resilience of these people is a real eye... Read morePublished on 22 Feb. 2013 by J R Lawman