Overall, Sniper is a great first-hand narration for anyone who loves a good war story. Kiranya, novel ini menceritakan perang dari pihak Russia dan peperangan adalah sesuai yang tidak dapat dijangka. The first to appear was a group of five scouts; they were Arabs with long beards. Some of the descriptions of the war experiences were rather crude and outlandish but they were definitely realistic. La crudezza delle immagini e la freddezza disincantata del narratore sono mitigate dalla scorrevolezza della scrittura: l'autore non si perde in termini magniloquenti e privilegia semplicità e immediatezza, lasciando parlare gli eventi.
All'interno di una narrazione serrata, ogni tanto spuntano rari momenti di luce in cui Lilin mostra l'intimo di un soldato mentre combatte. The commanders in charge, however, are corrupt and greedy, collecting benefits and making a profit from the warfare. Lilin uses vivid imagery and graphic language to accurately depict the damage an assault rifle can do to a man's body and things of that sort. It may be an issue of translation to English, or maybe cultural styling, but I had a hard time feeling any definition of his comrades' forms beyond a word of identification. It is really quite a different story and focusses on his career as a Russian soldier in the Chechnya war.
After a brutal Siberian education, Nicolai Lilin is called up as a sniper in the Russian army, fighting among the ruins of the Soviet empire. It is unflinching, unforgiving and unputdownable. Dalam perang Chehnya, Russia lawan orang Islam. If I did not believe that war is hell before reading this, I do now. Nicolai, quando è riflesso, non sbaglia.
Ricordo, tra i vecchi studi sul cinema americano, una digressione sul titanico momento del duello: colui che riflette, che decide il momento di estrarre la pistola, è il primo ad avvicinare la mano alla fondina, ma colui che è riflesso è azione pura, e va a segno. There are few rules other than complete obedience to the higher-ups. Altogether an interesting read, but also quite superficial. He currently writes for magazine L'Espresso and he founded Kolima Contemporary Culture, an exhibition space which also hosts cultural events in Milan. Creative fusions are fine, but not deliberate misrepresentations. How long are we still gonna buy that story when it comes to conflict zones in the world? Vojni kaos se mi je zdel bolj običajen in razumljiv kot tako imenovana morala miroljubne družbe.
Once his military service ended, he worked for various private security agencies as an anti-terrorism consultant before leaving military life to travel in various European countries, including Ireland. The story flows from battle to battle whether it be mountain warfare or more typical I really enjoyed Nicolai Lilin's first book and was keen to get stuck into this follow-up. Nicholai's voice was very clear, at points he tackled very difficult concepts with seemingly great ease. Nicolai Lilin was trained as a sniper in an unorthodox Russian Special Forces regiment called the Saboteurs. The sentry had said that the column was composed of over sixty people, whereas there were only twenty-five of us, even counting the infantrymen and explorers.
Nicolai Lilin is a Russian writer of Siberian origin. Perhaps the most profound aspect of this novel for me is this combination of harsh, jarring war experiences and reserved, intellectual discussion regarding the human condition. To go against it, or even be ignorant of it, is to risk unspeakable revenge - even among one's own family. Next month, the American actor John Malkovich will star in a new film based on the memoirs of gangster-turned-gallery-owner, Nicolai Lilin. Other leaders use dehumanizing and unnecessary torture tactics on the Islamic enemies along their ethnic cleansing rampage. We often bartered with officers or the soldiers who ran the explosives depot; they would give us some of their stuff — mines, bombs, grenades and other explosive material — and in exchange we would bring them the weapons we had taken as trophies.
Nicolai Lilin was conscripted and then trained as a sniper in an urthodox Russian Special Forces regiment called the Saboteurs. He was conscripted to the Russian military, and was involved in anti-terrorist operations in Chechnya. I am not one to pick up biography's or non fiction, but this is the third in that genre I have won that truly impacted me in ways I never thought possible. On one mission it becomes clear that corrupt colonels are working with the opposition and are willing to sacrifice the unit as part of a cover-up. He was born and grew up in Transnistria, which declared its independence in 1990 but has never been recognized as a state. Free Fall by Nicolai Lilin Canongate, £12.
I also found it amazing that I was able to sympathize with these men who have no qualms about atrocities, particularly their leader, Rostov, an Afghan war vet who is a hero of sorts even though he believes in leaving monuments of desecrated corpses to foster terror in the enemy. Lilin is a bestselling author in Italy, where he now lives, but is not well known otherwise and remains unpublished in his native Russia, where his work has been met with some skepticism. They were always the first to hit the ground. Other soldiers were always obliged to follow the orders given by any higher-ranking official, whereas we never were. About the Author Nicolai Lilin was born in 1981 and grew up in the small republic of Transnistria, which declared its independence in 1990 but has never been recognised. Non ha sbag Nicolai, a fare il cecchino, ha imparato l'arte dell'osservare-valutare-colpire con prontezza. I would recommend this book to anyone thinking of joining the military.
For this and many other examples of insane cruelty, the book often reminded me of Blood Meridian. This is a bloody ugly series of stories from the front lines of Chechnya -- it not written for the squeamish or those wanting to keep their lofty opinions of how war is so noble. I craved deeper understanding of Nicholai's compatriots. Rostov is no patriot , and his commentary about the utter corruption of the war and of the Russian government fills the book. Però, a guardarci bene, sebbene contesto e fatti sembrino estremamente distanti, in realtà il racconto di Nicolai è ancora coerente. Free Fall offers a sniper's-eye view of one of the most controversial wars in living memory.