Black Lamb and Grey Falcon

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Penguin, Jan 30, 2007 - History - 1232 pages
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“Rebecca West’s magnum opus . . . one of the great books of our time.” –The New Yorker
 
Written on the brink of World War II, Rebecca West’s classic examination of the history, people, and politics of Yugoslavia illuminates a region that is still a focus of international concern. A magnificent blend of travel journal, cultural commentary, and historical insight, Black Lamb and Grey Falcon probes the troubled history of the Balkans and the uneasy relationships among its ethnic groups. The landscape and the people of Yugoslavia are brilliantly observed as West untangles the tensions that rule the country’s history as well as its daily life.
 
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Do not let her heterosexism, sexism, and racism deter you from reading this book. There is a wealth of insight. It's history as gossip, and gossip as history. Read full review

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Been meaning to read this doorstop since 1997. Has lost some of its currency, but the history is interesting, the writing superb and there is much that still speaks to issues in the former Yugoslavia today. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
xiii
Prologue
1
Journey
25
Croatia
39
Dalmatia
113
Expedition
249
Herzegovina
269
Bosnia
293
Serbia
447
Macedonia
631
Old Serbia
833
Montenegro
997
Epilogue
1073
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Rebecca West (1892-1983) was a novelist, biographer, journalist, and critic. She published eight novels in addition to her masterpiece Black Lamb and Grey Falcon, for which she made several trips to the Balkans. Following World War II, she also published two books on the relation of the individual to the state, called The Meaning of Treason and A Train of Powder.

Christopher Hitchens (introducer; 1949–2011) was the author of more than twenty books and pamphlets, including the #1 New York Times bestseller God Is Not Great, which was a finalist for the National Book Award; the bestselling memoir Hitch-22, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; and the essay collection Arguably, which was one of The New York Times Book Review’s 10 Best Books of 2011. He was named by Foreign Policy and Britain’s Prospect one of the world’s “Top 100 Public Intellectuals.”




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