One Soldier's War

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Atlantic Books, Limited, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 412 pages
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An outstanding dispatch from the frontline of war unsparing, unsentimental, blackly comic and brutally beautiful by and ordinary soldier who tells it like it is. Arkady Babchenko was still a naove 18-year-old when he and his fellow teenage conscripts arrived in a camp just north of Chechnya. Fresh off the truck, the new recruit rapidly learned the meaning of savagery and fear, before he'd even been near the front line. By the time he started his active duty, he had developed a tough skin against the harsh treatments meted out by his seniors and grew hardened and cynical. With unblinking honesty, Arkady Babchenko traces his journey from innocence to experience, taking the raw and mundane reality of war and twists it into compelling, chilling and eerily elegant prose.

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