Beslan: The Tragedy of School, Issue 1

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Granta Books, 2008 - History - 291 pages
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On the morning of September 1, 2004, the children of Beslan were excited about the start of a new school year. But as traditional festivities got underway, heavily armed terrorists stormed the school playground, changing ordinary lives in the southern Russian town forever. At least 330 parents and children were killed, some in the massive explosions that tore through the gymnasium, some caught in the crossfire of a three-hour gun battle between the Russian forces and the terrorists. This riveting account not only covers the three days of unimaginable terror and suffering that followed, but includes the people of Beslan speaking in their own words about their ordeal and about their lives in this deeply fractured region. The human story of the siege is here?including the terrible toll that thirst, hunger, and sleeplessness took on the hostages, and the bravery of those who dealt with the terrorists, such as the elderly headmistress of the school and the doctor who tried to relieve the children's suffering. This account also examines the authorities' response to the siege, finding it wanting, and ultimately places the events of September 2004 in their wider context of centuries of conflict and enmity in the Caucasus.

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BESLAN: The Tragedy of School No. 1

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A gritty account of the terrorist siege on a Russian elementary school in 2004.First-time author Phillips traveled to the former Soviet Union to study the events of that fateful September day, when a ... Read full review


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Tim Phillips was born and grew up in Northern Ireland. In 2005 he completed a doctoral thesis on the role of the holiday resort in Russian culture, particularly in the Caucasus. He has studied at the universities of Oxford and Helsinki and has travelled widely in the former Soviet Union, including in the Caucasus. He has worked extensively as a translator and was the principal translator for the BBC on their Beslan documentaries. This is his first book.

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