Monday, September 03, 2007

Not So Quiet

More on London soon, with a few more photos, but first:

#38 -- "The Stalin Front" by Gert Ledig

Short and pretty intense war novel, written in 1950s Germany and rescued from obscurity by the NY Review. War fiction isn't really my thing, but this isn't chest-beating stuff, rather grimy, unromantic and futile fighting on the German-Soviet front. It's narrowly focused, picking up small pieces of the battle at different times, so it's (intentionally) hard to get the big picture of the fighting. Interesting and well-done, with subtle and effective black humor. Not a lot of fun, though.

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