The Angel of Grozny by Asne Seierstad
Orphans of a Forgotten War

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In the early hours of New Year’s 1994, Russian troops invaded the Republic of Chechnya, plunging the country into a prolonged and bloody conflict that continues to this day. A foreign correspondent in Moscow at the time, Åsne Seierstad traveled regularly to Chechnya to report on the war, describing its affects on those trying to live their daily lives amidst violence.

In the following decade, Seierstad became an internationally renowned reporter and author, traveling to the Balkans, Afghanistan, Iraq, and other war-torn regions. But she never lost sight of this conflict that had initially inspired her career. Over the course of a decade, she watched as Russia ruthlessly suppressed an Islamic rebellion in two bloody wars and as Chechnya evolved into one of the flashpoints in a world now focused on the threat of international terrorism.

In 2006, Seierstad finally returned to Chechnya, traveling in secret and under the constant threat of danger. In a broken and devastated society she lived with orphans, the wounded, the lost. And she lived with the children of Grozny, those who will shape the country’s future. She asks the question: What happens to a child who grows up surrounded by war and accustomed to violence?

A compelling, intimate, and often heartbreaking portrait of Chechnya today, The Angel of Grozny is a vivid account of a land’s violent history and its ongoing battle for freedom.

 

About Asne Seierstad

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Åsne Seierstad is an award-winning journalist who has reported from such wartorn regions as Chechnya, the Balkans, Afghanistan, and Iraq.She is the author of A Hundred and One Days as well as The Bookseller of Kabul, an international bestseller that has been translated into thirty-eight languages.Seierstad makes her home in Norway and travels frequently to the United States.
 
Published January 1, 2008 by Virago Press Ltd. 352 pages
Genres: History, War, Travel. Non-fiction

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Her atmospheric and heartbreakingly sad text records two treks to the newly independent Muslim country: in 1995, shortly after the disastrous invasion by Russian troops under Boris Yeltsin, and again 12 years later when the war raged anew under Vladimir Putin.

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Seierstad skates a little too lightly over abuses by the other side, still referring to it as “the resistance,” a more romantic phrase than may be merited by the trail of civilian corpses left behind by suicide bombings and hostage takings.

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Seierstad, a Norwegian journalist who achieved international fame with the best-selling “Bookseller of Kabul,” has gone back to Chechnya, long after most Western writers have moved on, and produced a gripping portrait of a forgotten war zone, looking past the superficial signs of recovery to find...

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The Angel of Grozny : Inside Chechnya by Åsne Seierstad Find this on the Guardian bookshop Search the Guardian bookshop Åsne Seierstad's unflinching account of war-torn Che...

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The Angel of Grozny: Inside Chechnya by Åsne Seierstad, translated by Nadia Christensen 341pp, Virago, £14.99 A popular Chechen singer called Liza Umarova, one of the people the Norwegian war journalist Åsne Seierstad met during her travels for this book, says that in Grozny "the extreme has beco...

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The Angel of Grozny: Inside Chechnya by Asne Seierstad Virago £14.99, pp352 In this ambitious account, Norwegian journalist Asne Seierstad, author of the non-fiction, international bestseller The Bookseller of Kabul, turns her attention to Chechnya.

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