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  • Title: One Soldier's War
  • Author: Arkady Babchenko Arkady Babchenko Nick Allen
  • ISBN: 9780802118608
  • Page: 183
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 POne 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.
    One Soldier s War 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 A

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    1. If I were to direct the film version of this war memoir I ll start with a Tarantino like scene, really strong, the kind that would make moviegoers regret coming in late from the long line at the popcorn counter Act 1, Scene 1 would be from pages 138 to 139 of the book Close up shots of the haggard, dirty faces of the young, mostly teenage Russian soldiers Not too far are the enemy Chechens Then the Chechens start killing our guys they took prisoner They shout from the end of the street to get ou [...]

    2. I wanted to read this book I wanted to read it very badly And, eventually, I got hold of a copy, and I did.I was quite frankly acutely disappointed For starters, let me say that I ve always had a keen nose for the smell of bullshit, and my nostrils began twitching almost at once.As I said, I do know something about the Russian army, and the brutal treatment of conscripts by their seniors, called dedovschina, is nothing unknown to me So, I have no problem with believing that some pretty brutal pr [...]

    3. Superb, and one of the best war memoirs I ve read Babchenko s account realistically reveals the modern Russian army and its wars in Chechnya but fundamentally his perspective rings true for soldiers experiences of every nation and every generation.

    4. This is a hell of book, a first hand account of an 18 year old conscript in the Chechen war of 1996, torn from his mother s apron strings and brutalised beyond belief by both the training and the fighting The most telling effect of the horror is that Babchenko chooses to return to the battlefield as a contract soldier to fight in the second conflict, not because he believes in the war but because it has become part of him and he cannot stay away Later, still, he goes back as a journalist and sti [...]

    5. Maybe it s the Russian translation, but the book just doesn t flow very well It s an autobiography about the Chechan wars The narrator is around 18 at the beginning of the book Right off the bat, he sees some gruesome things dead bodies in the drinking water, eating a dog because they are hungry, a man strangled by his own intestines and discusses how they are starved and beaten during training by their own officers The military sucked there, but civilian life wasn t all that great either I real [...]

    6. Sincere and RevealingChechen war was always a mystery for most people, this book sheds light on it and the Russian army Russian army is a paper tiger, behind it lies a miserable rag tag band of misfits abandoned by their country and their command Sad Thank you Arkady for sharing what was left of your sanity with us

    7. Desgarrador.Un libro sobre la guerra, pero no desde la ciencia o desde la pica Unos relatos desde lo humano.Las guerras de Chechenia relatadas desde el punto de vista de un conscripto ruso que particip en ambas Un libro que nos muestra toda la miseria de la guerra, muy lejos de obras que pretenden cubrirla de gloria.Un libro del que es imposible salir inc lume, m s a n cuando la guerra y los conflictos son parte de lo que estudias y de lo que aprend s d a a d a Comparto dos pasajes del libro que [...]

    8. I couldn t believe that such war was as he described Never thought such conflict was so bad The amount of pain, fear and lack of hope it s almost unbelievable At times I thought This can t be true , but it was The disorder the russian army has is astonishing There s no control or training for newcomers, almost everybody is drinking vodka, applying dedovshchina a very painful form of initiation , stealing, not doing their jobs, death here and there, etc A lot of this happened to young guys 18 to [...]

    9. Great book It s message is a modern day account of everyday life of a soldier It shows how the massive lack of organisation of the army, indifference of its officers as well as common soldiers turns every one into an animal like being, relying only on one s instincts and the only thing that is for sure, that everybody dies Even those who survive are scared, they become outcast of the society which they despise for the lack of caring If your son is thinking about a career in any kind of security [...]

    10. Maybe some things got lost in translation, but I had difficulty following this book It starts out in the 1st Chechnya War, and then quite suddenly it s the 2nd war Babchenko doesn t fully invest in giving better details and stories about his fellow soldiers either He would mention one soldier and then 20 pages later would randomly run into them in a new place Did they get transferred Did you get transferred What happened in between I really wanted to like this book, but it isn t the grand novel [...]

    11. Reads like Sven HassellOne Soldier s War tells of Arkady Babchenko s experiences having been conscripted into the Russian army to fight in the Chechen wars He spent the first war on a barracks on the Chechen border and the second war fighting in the country itself I found it a little shocking that such a bitterly contested regional conflict should have passed me by as did this one I like to think that I follow world affairs not particularly closely, I admit and yes I was aware that there had bee [...]

    12. It s very frightening, Babchenko tells us, that the war is in color Not black and white, like the heroic WWII movies he and his fellow soldiers had grown up on, but in the brilliant colors of the beautiful Caucasus mountains, where not one but two appallingly brutal wars have been fought in the past two decades In One Soldier s War, Babchenko, writing in the tradition of war and camp writers such as Tolstoy, Babel, Solzhenitsyn, and Shalamov, transforms his own and his friends horrifying experie [...]

    13. Teton County Library Call No 947.5208 BABCHENKOKevin s rating 4 starsIn 1994, three years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the tiny mountain Republic of Chechnya attempted to take advantage of the disarray that existed throughout the USSR The mostly Muslim Chechens were anxious to end decades of Russian domination over their lands, language, culture and customs Accordingly, Chechnya declared its independence from the Russian Federation, kicking off a bitter struggle that has lasted for ov [...]

    14. In 1994, three years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the tiny mountain Republic of Chechnya attempted to take advantage of the disarray that existed throughout the USSR The mostly Muslim Chechens were anxious to end decades of Russian domination over their lands, language, culture and customs Accordingly, Chechnya declared its independence from the Russian Federation, kicking off a bitter struggle that has lasted for over 15 years.The Russian government claimed that the Chechen secession [...]

    15. You won t learn much about Chechnya or the Chechnya war from it It is actually about the Russian army how it looks like from the vantage point of the ordinary soldier, about its institutionalized violence dedovshchina , poverty, incompetence and irrationality.I have contradicting thoughts about this book It sustains the myth of war as a masculine and professional endeavour rough, violent, but somehow virtous Its one sidedness is often striking On the other hand, the book is written skillfully It [...]

    16. Important perspective showing what war looks like behind the dry historic narrative Extremely gory and wholly believable.

    17. Great account of both wars in Chechnya, from a Russian journalist who, for reasons unknown to him, volunteered for the second, and then came back as a journalist to report on Chechnya after the war spoiler people still die in droves, but Russia just fakes a layer of fake peace on top of reality.As it s therapy than novel the structure is patchy , the author wrote what he had to write, with little regard for setting up scene , or whether the stories are connected Since this is reality, there is [...]

    18. This is a very sad and true tale of life in modern day Russia That is, life, if you are a conscript in the Russian Federal Army The author laments days, turning into weeks, turning into months, turning in to years of misery at the hand of sadistic senior, non and commissioned officers The practice of Dedovshchina described below having thought to predate 1917 s Bolshovic Revolution, has kept the Russian military in chains for the past 240 years Indeed had old man winter not snuffed out both Napo [...]

    19. Fear is exhausting Arkady Babchenko truly illuminates the darkness and fear of being a Russian soldier during the Chechen Wars This book is definitely not a light read as the author recounts his brutal and deeply disturbing experiences in the army A recurring theme I saw in this book, for which can probably be seen in many soldier memoirs, is confusion and misunderstanding No one knew why they were fighting or saw any sense in it It was definitely an enlightening and thought provoking book to re [...]

    20. A hauntingly stark, but captivating read of a Russian Soldier s experience in the first and second Chechen wars Arkady Arkadyovich is an educated, insightful author whose tale covers his two tours as a conscript and contract Soldier His experience in the Russian Army is at once familiar and foreign Familiar in the confusion and uncertainty in combat, the everlasting camaraderie of Soldiering, the love between Soldiers, the difficulty of recounting combat to those who have not experienced it, the [...]

    21. Probably the most brutal book I ve ever read, and an excellent war memoir A substantial part the book deals with the author s experience behind the front lines, waiting to be sent to war Ironically, I found this part of the book the most terrifying, as it describes in detail the bullying and beating sometimes to death of the soldiers by their own officers The complete lack of any discipline, the outright barbarism and the total corruption of this rag tag gang posing as an army is shocking, distu [...]

    22. Babchenko nato nel 1977 ci racconta nella prima parte del libro la sua esperienza in Cecenia vissuta come soldato di leva appena diciottenne durante il primo conflitto 1991 1996.Nella seconda parte del libro ci racconter anche se gli episodi sono della stessa drammaticit il suo ritorno in Cecenia in occasione del secondo conflitto 1999 2006 come militare a contratto.La drammaticit che non sempre si percepisce nelle brevi telecronache o negli articoli letti di sfuggita sui giornali trasuda tutta [...]

    23. A very strong revealing testament to the Russian experience of war I do feel that the stories especially the longer ones the shorter ones were much effective were somewhat redundant and repetitive I would have liked to read about individual episodes and events, rather than the same endless description of cold, suffering, fear, hunger, brutality, and listlessness, though I m sure that is the point Babchenko is making Many of his thoughts and conclusions echo those expressed by Junger in War it [...]

    24. Relatos autobiogr ficos muy sinceros y cr ticos del funcionamiento del ej rcito ruso El desprecio por la vida humana, por las m s b sicas reglas de humanidad se manifiestan no s lo , como ser a previsible , con el enemigo , en este caso los chechenos, sino con los propios miembros de las fuerzas armadas La Rusia que trasluce tras esa oficialidad corrupta hasta la m dula , esos cargos intermedios tambi n en su medida corrompidos , y esos soldados rasos preocupados exclusivamente por la superviven [...]

    25. This book is a Russian version of The Things They Carried, set in Chechnya instead of Vietnam It has the same pros and cons The story is absolutely gut wrenching It s bad enough the author sees his friends killed in combat, but the brutal beatings he endures at the hands of his own comrades are just mind boggling It seems like he feared his superiors than the Chechens My main problem is that the book is very stream of consciousness There are constant time jumps and you never know where he is du [...]

    26. Not a true memoir or a history It is a fictionalized composite view Some of the authors own events, some of his comrades, and some by his own admission composites of individuals and events Don t get me wrong It is close to a memoir The problem is that the reader can t tell which parts are fact, which are fiction, and which are opinion The authors opinion is evident when you read the book And if the author is so against war, why did he sign on as a contract soldier for the second war An interesti [...]

    27. Od pewnego czasu szuka em takiej ksi ki, by zrozumie jaka jest wojna dla o nierza Z ka d kartk tej strasznej rzeczywisto ci cz owiek zdawa sobie coraz bardziej, jakie szale stwo ogarnia o bohatera Ksi ka dotkn a moj estetyk bardziej, gdy uzmys owi em sobie, e o nierze s w moim wieku e gdy ja pi em wina z kumplami oni zabijali w sobie cz owiecze stwo.Przera aj ca tre ale i bardzo ciekawa W mojej estetyce ta ksi ka jest wy mienita i szczerze polecam.Wojna jest z em.

    28. A terrifying account of the wars in Chechnya Babchenko very artistically captures the futility of those wars in particular, bringing you into the soul of a starved, beaten, and thoroughly frightened soldier The short vignettes of war in each chapter are almost poetic in their brutality It baffles me that so many young Russians are a product of this conflict and that the Caucasus region seems to have changed so little.

    29. You don t tell anyone the truth any You can t explain what war really is to someone who has never been there, just as you can t explain green to a blind person or a man can t know what it s like to give birth They simply don t have the necessary sensory organs You can t explain or understand war all you can do is experience it Excerpts.

    30. Memoir of a Russian private soldier who fought as a draftee in the first Chechen War and as a volunteer in the second Spends much time discussing the brutal hazing of younger conscripts by older soldiers One gets the impression that the Russian Army spent time and energy fighting itself than the Chechens.

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