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Download è Die Stalinorgel 100 Rters to the front scrambles desperately from shelter to shelter as he tries to avoid getting caught up in the action Through it all Russian artillery the crude but devastatingly effective multiple rocket launcher known to the Germans as the Stalin Organ and to the Russians as Katyusha rains death upon. This is not a book about the Katyusha rock launcher it is a novel about the fighting in the Eastern Front graphically described The author Gert Ledig was a veteran in the war at the Eastern Front and so what he described in the novel is probably from his experience in the warWhat strikes the reader immediately is the brutality of the conditions of the battle A Russian advance bogged down the Germans on the other hand had run out of everything food water ammunition and replacements Combatants from both sides were lost some surrendered if just to get away from that constant bombardment or in the case of the Runner to avoid another run between the frontline and the Battalion H Those who were injured and could not get away were either treated or ravaged depending on the random deal of luck And then there was the absurdity of the command some of which appeared to have come out of a children s storybook pg 79 though nothing beats the attempt to carry out a court martial in the middle of raining bombardment and strafing planes pg 138The author s success in the graphic descriptions is helped much by his ability to describe using the most imaginative words and sentences Take for example A geyser of earth from a shell impact swallowed him up and spat him out again pg 9 The reader immediately imagines earth and dust shooting out of the ground and him having miraculously survived emerging from the cloud of thick dust and shrapnel Examples like this are found throughout the bookThe one failing I find was the attempt at a love story which while might just have been real enough didn t sit well anywhere in the book and feels unnecessary Besides that I think this short book is a good read and one that allows readers to get a good idea of what the fighting at the Eastern Front was like Since there does not seem to be many English or translated novels set in that theatre this one is recommended for anyone who is interested

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Download è Die Stalinorgel 100 The struggling troopsComparable to such masterpieces of war literature as Ernst Jünger's Storm of Steel and Erich Remarue's All uiet on the Western Front The Stalin Front is a harrowing almost photographic description of violence and devastation one that brings home the unforgiving reality of total war. This is one of the best works of fiction I have read on the Eastern Front Told from the perspective of both Germans and Russians Soviet alike Ledig s narrative of the events taking place over the space of two days does much to convey the sheer horror and terror of war The individuals whose interwoven experiences form the basis of the novel are known simply by title the Lieutenant or the Runner etc The lack of names gives each man an almost anonymous character one of countless like him and this is reflected in their violent deaths which are described in a very matter of fact manner This book does not glorify war There are no heroes and villains merely regular unexceptional men thrown into an environment from which many will not return Drawing on his own experiences of the war Ledig has created a piece of work which excellently depicts the futility of war and one which I would recommend to anyone interested in the subject

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Download è Die Stalinorgel 100 1942 at the Eastern Front Soldiers crouch in horrible holes in the ground mingling with corpses Tunneled beneath a radio mast German soldiers await the order to blow themselves up Russian tanks struggling to break through enemy lines bog down in a swamp while a German runner bearing messages from headua. The Stalin Front also published as The Stalin Organ by Gert Ledig 1921 1999 is a novel about Russo German fighting during World War II It was first published in German in 1955 sixteen years after the author volunteered in the army The English translation by Michael Hofmann appeared only recently in 2004 The novel constitutes Ledig s graphic reminiscences of the war Its imagery brings to my mind recent war films like Saving Private Ryan by Steven Spielberg and The Thin Red Line by Terrence MalickThe novelist must have an acute memory to be able to indelibly register such brutal and cruel moments of war but what else to expect of bloody wars or else an abnormal capacity to absorb the violence The mess and chaos are sustained throughout the entire book in a visceral realistic and natural prose style Consider the opening scenes in the prologueThe Lance Corporal couldn t turn in his grave because he didn t have one Some three versts from Podrova forty versts south of Leningrad he had been caught in a salvo of rockets been thrown up in the air and with severed hands and head dangling been impaled on the skeletal branches of what once had been a tree The NCO who was writhing on the ground with a piece of shrapnel in his belly had no idea what was keeping his machine gunner It didn t occur to him to look up He had his hands full with himselfSuch is the cinematic power of Ledig s novel that the words paint battle scenes in color albeit the gray and brown and black colors of smoking tanks muddy fields and filthy uniforms and the deep red color of blood spurting like merry fountains More than reading a shooting script or screenplay the reader seems to be watching the whole thing unfold on the big screen The sound effects are deafening the chamber music is literally absent the editing is sharply executed The pauses and the silences in between the hail of bullets do not give respite to the viewer Instead they provoke a heightened sense of danger The novel replicates the dread boredom over fatigue and nervous breakdown in a large modern scale warThe story follows a group of soldiers as they try to either defend their position in the front or to attack the enemy The Stalin organ refers to the automatic weapon multiple rocket launcher used by the Russian side to efficiently wipe out the Germans Ledig picks up both points of view of the Russian and German soldiers that the reader is sometimes confused which side he is reading about Eventually it dawns on us that it doesn t matter whether the story told is that of the German or the Russian side Humanity has the same face and every one is interchangeable Every man is an everyman whose life is readily extinguished by a bullet or bayonet The story is broken into short chapters that show the characters in the midst of combat and deliberating moral choices that test and define their physical and moral resilience The characters instead of being called by their names are often reduced to their ranks ie the Lance Corporal the Runner the Sergeant the Major the Captain Michael Hoffman the translator of the novel from the German mentioned in his introduction that he purposely capitalized the ranks of the characters to make them distinct from each other This stylistic choice of substituting ranks to names allows for easy recognition of the characters One can imagine the difficulty of trying to ascertain the identities of soldiers through all the chaos and wasteland This choice of the translator however may have undermined Ledig s apparent vision of the universality of men That again every man is everyone in war and each soldier the lance corporal the runner the sergeant the major the captain slides into anonymity in the face of annihilation Each may be acting according to his rank with winning the war as the primary objective but this is superseded by a pressing individual concern which is the concern of all to survive to preserve one s critically endangered life I bought this book on the strength of W G Sebald s blurb at the back of the NYRB edition The blurb is taken from Sebald s essay Air War and Literature from the book On the Natural History of Destruction Sebald s essay takes to task the postwar German writers for failing to record the destruction wrought by wars For Sebald the books of Ledig as well as that of Heinrich B ll and Peter Weiss among others are a rare exception to this apparent defect in the German letters Sebald champions the kind of novels that speak plainly and precisely and with unpretentious objectivity as opposed to novels full of aesthetic or pseudo aesthetic effects He favors the concrete and documentary style of writing over the abstract and imaginary For Sebald accounts of suffering must be commensurate to the magnitude of the human loss these are the kind of novels worth writing about in the face of total destructionWhat particularly sets Ledig s first novel apart from other stories of modern war and conflict is its own sense of the poetic injustice of men fighting fellow men its cast iron sense of irony and its non compromised portrayal of a natural history of destruction The natural history of war in its literal sense can pertain to a respect for Nature and the idea of war as a direct assault against it This is achieved through poetic engagement with the natural world and the senseless plight of human beings in this theater One can think of the images of the flowing grass and the wildlife in The Thin Red Line but with less gratuitous intent as the images are part of or combined in the action The insects and the trees have their own cameo roles in the novel As soon as he entered the wood he felt alone The brush the birch trunks everything was silent The log road built by Russian soldiers who had long since died of starvation or been shot swayed silently underfoot A swarm of mosuitoes danced over a dead body in the murky puddle in the clearing A beetle in shining armour dragged a blade of grass across the path A ring of scorched grass an uprooted tree and a pile of broken boughs indicated that death had been at work days previously just yesterday or even a matter of hours ago A few sunbeams managed to break through the leaves and reach the ground Men together with their misplaced intelligence play their tragic roles in theaters of war to fight the other side to the death The war rages on while all around the very brave and noble and heroic combatants millions of other species lowly plants and animals get on with their lives Whether they are uprooted or remain rooted to the spot the trees in the forest stand at attention in their precarious positions awaiting their decimation Yet the natural world is implacable in the face of material and human loss the millions of human lives lost In The Stalin Front wars are shown as machines that reduce humanity and nature into useless objects Wars are shown for what in the first place they amount to lost causes The novel builds an argument for literature as a corrective to this dark history It asks the same uestion that the purveyors of war never get to answer sufficiently Why after the curtain falls on these theaters of the past do people today still want to engage in the same acts of destructionRead as part of the NYRB Reading Week First posted here

  • Paperback
  • 200
  • Die Stalinorgel
  • Gert Ledig
  • English
  • 28 May 2018
  • 9781590171646