Small Corner of Hell Dispatches from Chechnya

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List price: $17.00
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 4/15/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 232
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

The recent murder of Anna Politkovskaya is grim evidence of the danger faced by journalists passionately committed to writing the truth about wars and politics. A longtime critic of the Russian government, particularly with regard to its policies in Chechnya, Politkovskaya was a special correspondent for the liberal Moscow newspaper "Novaya gazeta," Beginning in 1999, Politkovskaya authored numerous articles about the war in Chechnya, and she was the only journalist to have constant access to the region. Politkovskaya's second book on the Chechen War," A Small Corner of Hell," offers an insider's view of this ongoing conflict. In this book, Politkovskaya focuses her attention on those caught in the crossfire. She recounts the everyday horrors of living in the midst of war, examines how the Chechen war has damaged Russian society, and takes a hard look at the ways people on both sides profited from it. Now available in paperback," A Small Corner of Hell" ensures that Politkovskaya's words will not be erased. "["A Small Corner of Hell"] skips harrowingly from year to year and place to place. The arch-villains are the Russian death squads, venal and brutal, and the complacent, lying politicians and generals who profit from the illegal trade in booty, oil, and captives. Her heroes are not the Chechen resistance--a gangsterish and ill-fed lot--but the long-suffering civilian population, whose natural grit and solidarity has gradually dissolved under the relentless brutality of daily life."--"Economist" "A personal, unblinking stare at the casualties of war."--Jonathan Kaplan, "Los Angeles Times"

Allen Say, 1937 - Allen Say was born in 1937 in Yokohama, Japan and grew up during the war, attending seven different primary schools amidst the ravages of falling bombs. His parents divorced in the wake of the end of the war and he moved in with his maternal grandmother, with whom he did not get along with. She eventually let him move into a one room apartment, and Say began to make his dream of being a cartoonist a reality. He was twelve years old. Say sought out his favorite cartoonist, Noro Shinpei, and begged him to take him on as an apprentice. He spent four years with Shinpei, but at the age of 16 moved to the United States with his father. Say was sent to a military school in Southern California but then expelled a year later. He struck out to see California with a suitcase and twenty dollars. He moved from job to job, city to city, school to school, painting along the way, and finally settled on advertising photography and prospered. Say's first children's book was done in his photo studio, between shooting assignments. It was called "The Ink-Keeper's Apprentice" and was the story of his life with Noro Shinpei. After this, he began to illustrate his own picture books, with writing and illustrating becoming a sort of hobby. While illustrating "The Boy of the Three-year Nap" though, Say suddenly remembered the intense joy I knew as a boy in my master's studio and decided to pursue writing and illustrating full time. Say began publishing books for children in 1968. His early work, consisting mainly of pen-and-ink illustrations for Japanese folktales, was generally well received; however, true success came in 1982 with the publication of The Bicycle Man, based on an incident in Say's life. "The Boy of the Three-Year Nap" published in 1988, and written by Dianne Snyder, was selected as a 1989 Caldecott Honor Book and winner of The Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for best picture book.

Georgi Derluguian is Associate Professor of International Studies and Sociology at Northwestern University and is the author of Bourdieu's Secret Admirer in the Caucasus: A World-System Biography.

Introduction Whose Truth? by Georgi Derluguian Prologue London, May 2002: The Beginning Ordinary Chechen Life in Wartime It's Nice to Be Deaf The Chiri-Yurt Settlement Makhkety: A Concentration Camp with a Commercial Streak A Zone within a Zone The Hundredth Grozny Blockade Viktoria and Aleksandr: Grozny Newlyweds A Village That No Longer Exists A Lawless Enclave A Nameless Girl from Nowhere The Burning Cross of Tsotsan-Yurt Starye Atagi: The Twentieth Purge V-Day The Chechen Choice: From the Carpet to the Conveyer Belt What Are the Rules of the Game? Modern Russian Life against the Backdrop of the War Ruslan Aushev: "Nobody Guarantees Life in Chechnya Today" A Pogrom Five Hundred Rubles for Your Wife: The Chechnya Special Operation Ruins the Country Chechnya's Unique Islam Executions of Reporters Russia's Secret Heroes Killed by His Own It's Hard to Get Cartridges in Mozhaisk Who Wants This War? An Oligarchy of Generals Miracle Fields Boys and Girls Westernizers and Orientals Chechyna as the Price for the UN Secretary-General's Post Special Operation Zyazikov We Survived Again!: A Chronicle of Colonel Mironov's Luck Epilogue London 2002: An Ending without Closure Afterword

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