NO BEAUTIFUL NIGHTS by Vassili Grossman


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A Russian unit caught in a classic encirclement of German troops tears a small victory from near-defeat and provides a detailed picture of the drive of each individual to attain the military aim. 1941, on the road to Gomel, -- the Ukranian towns under bombardment, the Germans taking over, the soldiers and civilians doing their best -- and just enough more -- to harass, and finally, turn back, the enemy -- the characters and problems of the members of the Russian regiment, of the townspeople, from patriots to turncoats -- this is the story of failure to be faced, with wholesouled determination proving the little balance needed for success. Authentic feeling and first hand reporting crystallized into a tale of defiance of the enemy, that has its telling moments.

Publisher: Messner