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Borders (1999)

de Roy Jacobsen

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1942. The Eastern Front. The German 6th Army is surrounded at Stalingrad. 300,000 men are trapped in 'the cauldron' and the Fuhrer will not countenance a retreat. Feldmarschall Erich von Manstein, the Wehrmacht's most gifted strategist, is charged with relieving the Sixth. For Markus Hebel, a Belgian radio operator on Manstein's staff, the fate of the cauldron is personal: his son, also a radio officer, is entrenched in the city. Manstein's rescue operation is readied - Operation Winter Storm, a lightning armoured charge across the frozen steppe - but still Hitler refuses to allow the Sixth to abandon their positions and attempt a break out. If Markus can convince his son to sabotage his equipment and free the encircled army from the Fuhrer's lunatic command, disaster can yet be averted.… (més)
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This is an interesting story of the lives of some of the residents of the Ardennes region of Europe. This heavily wooded, hilly terrain featured significantly in the latter days of World War II, when Hitler chose to launch a desperate counterattack against the Allies through this weakly manned sector of the Western Front. The area also figured importantly through the ages of European history and the author leads us through some of this history. The major focus is on the characters however. The author seems to employ a stream of consciousness, train of thought, style of writing that wanders through the lives of his characters sometimes leaving the reader behind. One of the main characters is Robert, who is a product of the chance meeting during the war of his mother and an American G. I. The only thing his mother can or perhaps is willing to tell him about his father is that he had been a jazz musician prior to his stint in the U.S. Army. He had been trapped behind the lines by the surprise advance of the German troops through the Ardennes. He soon left the welcoming arm’s of his paramour and supposedly returned to his unit as soon as the danger had passed. As an adult, Robert has grown up befriended to a supposedly blind veteran of the German Wehrmacht, Markus Hebel. Marcus of German descent, was a resident of the Ardennes, who was conscripted into the German Army when the Ardennes were overrun early in the war. Unlike his son, who was enamered of Hitler and his Third Reich, Marcus had no desire to fight for the Germans. Marcus relates to Robert how his life was changed serving for the Germans on the Eastern front. His son was trapped by the Russian army, along with 250,000 other German troops in Stalingrad. Marcus was forced through his position in the communication corps to hear and chronicle the desperate and fruitless struggle of the trapped troops including his son. Marcus was changed forever by this trauma. The narrative of the story wanders occasionally forward and back in time and place sometimes making it difficult to keep up. The overall theme and message of the book is very heartwarming on a personal level, even though the story deals with events and some people who would otherwise be considered unsympathetic. The story is ultimately about how people are defined by the borders they set for their lives. The lines they will or will not cross. The paths they will or will not take. Book provided for review by Amazon Vine. ( )
  Ronrose1 | Oct 31, 2016 |
Det finnes grenser overalt, og det er grenser for hva synsnerven kan tåle. Etter krigen utgir belgieren Markus seg for å være blind, selv om synet et intakt bak de mørke brillene. Den eneste innvidde i hemmeligheten hans er lille Robert, sønn av en amerikansk soldat som krigen har slukt. Det er til Robert Markus forteller sin historie, som også er historien om beleiringen av Stalingrad, en historie om umulige valg, tvilens forbannelse og krigens vilkårlighet.
 
Romanen handlar om grenser mellom land og mellom menneske og dei grensene den enkelte set for seg sjølv, som han somme gonger tøyer og somme gonger bryt. Ikkje minst vil han [Jacobsen] skildre menneske som bur ved ei grense for å seia noe om korleis livet og personlegdommen blir prega av det. [...] Det er ikkje skrive mange romanar som liknar på denne her til lands. Når eg ser tilbake på det Jacobsen har skrive før, spring biografien om Trygve Bratteli meg i auga. Det er som om forfattaren Roy Jacobsen møter europearen Roy Jacobsen med denne boka,...
 
Romanen handler om mennesker som lever ved en grense, om mennesker i en krig - og etter en krig. Den handler om hva krigen gjør med menneskene, om hvilke ettervirkninger den får, om hva man husker og aldri kan glemme, om hva man helst vil tie om og trekke et glemselens slør over, om hva man vedblir å snakke om for at det aldri skal gjenta seg, eller tie om - av samme grunn. [...] Det kan diskuteres om det er Roy Jacobsens beste roman, men at den bør leses av så mange som mulig, er udiskutabelt. Den er betydelig, både som tanke og som handling.
 
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1942. The Eastern Front. The German 6th Army is surrounded at Stalingrad. 300,000 men are trapped in 'the cauldron' and the Fuhrer will not countenance a retreat. Feldmarschall Erich von Manstein, the Wehrmacht's most gifted strategist, is charged with relieving the Sixth. For Markus Hebel, a Belgian radio operator on Manstein's staff, the fate of the cauldron is personal: his son, also a radio officer, is entrenched in the city. Manstein's rescue operation is readied - Operation Winter Storm, a lightning armoured charge across the frozen steppe - but still Hitler refuses to allow the Sixth to abandon their positions and attempt a break out. If Markus can convince his son to sabotage his equipment and free the encircled army from the Fuhrer's lunatic command, disaster can yet be averted.

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