One Soldier's War

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Grove/Atlantic, Inc., Feb 17, 2009 - History - 416 pages
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One Soldier’s War is a visceral and unflinching memoir of a young Russian soldier’s experience in the Chechen wars that brilliantly captures the fear, drudgery, chaos, and brutality of modern combat. An excerpt of the book was hailed by Tibor Fisher in the Guardian as “right up there with Catch-22 and Michael Herr’s Dispatches,” and the book won Russia’s inaugural Debut Prize, which recognizes authors who write “despite, not because of, their life circumstances.” In 1995, Arkady Babchenko was an eighteen-year-old law student in Moscow when he was drafted into the Russian army and sent to Chechnya. It was the beginning of a torturous journey from na´ve conscript to hardened soldier that took Babchenko from the front lines of the first Chechen War in 1995 to the second in 1999. He fought in major cities and tiny hamlets, from the bombed-out streets of Grozny to anonymous mountain villages. Babchenko takes the raw and mundane realities of war—the constant cold, hunger, exhaustion, filth, and terror—and twists it into compelling, haunting, and eerily elegant prose. Acclaimed by reviewers around the world, this is a devastating first-person account of war by an extraordinary storyteller.
 

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User Review  - Luftwaffe_Flak - LibraryThing

Absolutely spell binding. An extremely eye opening view into the modern Russian military forces as seen by Babchenko. Very hard to read at times, but he writes with such passion and conviction that ... Read full review

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User Review  - martin1400 - LibraryThing

A truly extraordinary memoir of the author's experience during two tours of duty in Chechnya. In the clear, simple and completely unsentimental language of a soldier he talks about the fear, brutality ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Arkady Babchenko was born in 1977. A law graduate, he currently works as a journalist at the independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta. This is his first book.

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