By Anne Nivat, Susan Darnton
Author note: Susan Darnton (Translator)
Publish 12 months note: First released April fifth 2001
Two years in the past, whilst she used to be thirty years outdated, Anne Nivat made up our minds to determine first-hand what warfare was once all approximately. Russia had simply introduced its moment brutal crusade opposed to Chechnya. And even though the Russians strictly forbade Westerners from overlaying the warfare, the aspiring French journalist determined she might go.
There are very actual hazards in Chechnya: being arrested by means of the Russians and being abducted via the Chechens. Nivat strapped her satellite tv for pc telephone to her abdominal, disguised herself within the clothing of a Chechen peasant, and sneaked around the border. She discovered a tender consultant, Islam, to steer her illegally throughout the warfare quarter. for 6 months they the conflict, traveling with underground rebels and drowsing with Chechen households or in deserted structures. Anne trembled via air raids; walked via deserted killing fields; and helped within the halls of bloody hospitals. She interviewed insurgent leaders, executive officers, younger widows, and indignant opponents, and he or she said every thing again to France. Her experiences in Libération resulted in antiwar demonstrations outdoor the Russian embassy in Paris.
Anne's phrases movement. they don't seem to be florid, yet terse, cool, dramatic. greater than only a struggle correspondent's record, Chienne de Guerre is a relocating tale of fight and self-discovery—the adventures of 1 younger lady who time and again assessments her personal actual and mental limits within the tremendous risky and tense setting of battle.
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