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The beauty and the sorrow : an intimate history of the First World War (2008 original; edició 2011)

de Peter Englund

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Englund examines the history of World War I through the experiences of the average man and woman-- not only the tragedy and horror but also the absurdity and even, at times, the beauty. In a brilliant mosaic of perspectives that moves between the home front and the front lines, he reconstructs the feelings, impressions, experiences, and shifting spirits of twenty particular people, allowing them to speak not only for themselves but also for all those who were in some way shaped by the war, but whose voices have been forgotten, rejected, or simply remained unheard.… (més)
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Títol:The beauty and the sorrow : an intimate history of the First World War
Autors:Peter Englund
Informació:London : Profile, 2011.
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Peter Englund tells the story of the First World War through the eyes, letters, and diaries of twenty individuals. They cover a range of nationalities and social classes. All lives are changed, and sadly, some are lost. The result is a powerful book about what war does to the people who participate in it. The war took a profound toll on old world Europe. The seeds of the world we know today were sown in the conflict that started in June 1914 and really did not end until September 1945. During the coming centennial the book market,as well as the idiot box, will be flooded. Turn off the idiot box, pick this book, and say five other titles on the topic, and just read! You will have a much better understanding. ( )
  Steve_Walker | Sep 13, 2020 |
I understand the sorrow, but don't see much beauty. Lives of twenty low-levels (German schoolgirl, American wife, Scottish aid worker, Russian army engineer, Venezuelan calvaryman in Ottoman army, infantryman, etc.) who lived thru WW1 (and some who didn't) mostly shows initial celebration, then endurance, going on, and on, and on, and finally anger, distain, resignation. People die, people suffer, one Frenchman parties. General officers live well. The rest struggle and wait. The war will end soon, they think. Ugly. (with excerpts from original journals/memoirs) ( )
  kerns222 | Aug 24, 2016 |
Non si tratta di un romanzo tradizionale, ma di un libro di storia costruito sulle testimonianze vere di 19 persone coinvolte nella I Guerra mondiale, appartenenti a diverse nazionalità (tedeschi, austriaci, ungheresi, russi, danesi, francesi, inglesi, australiani, neozelandesi, sudamericani, americani, italiani) e combattenti su vari fronti: da quello francese a quello russo, in medio oriente, in Africa, in Italia, in Grecia e in Turchia. E' un libro coinvolgente che offre un'immagine particolareggiata delle esperienze, dei sentimenti, delle tragedie vissute durante il conflitto. Inoltre, rende con evidenza il fatto, spesso dimenticato, che fu una guerra veramente mondiale, combattuta su diversi fronti, anche se tendiamo a dimenticarlo e a focalizzarci sui fatti che interessano solo i nostri Paesi.
La memoria vissuta, le storie individuali qui raccontate offrono una visione più "vera" di molte fonti ufficiali, come i giornali e i bollettini di guerra, viziate dalla propaganda e dalla censura. ( )
  ren47 | Feb 22, 2015 |
Very unique and interesting look at WWI. The fact that the most ignored and unknown theaters of the war (Mesopotamia, East Africa, Salonika) are included makes it even more fascinating. Where he found these accounts and stories is probably an interesting story in itself. A Venezuelan in the Ottoman Army? Deserves highest of praise. ( )
1 vota PCorrigan | Nov 20, 2014 |
5118. The Beauty and the Sorrow An Intimate History of the First World War, by Peter Englund translated [from the Swedish] by Peter Graves (read 4 Feb 2014) This is war history unlike any I have heretofore read. The author has gathered the stories of 20 people caught up in the first World War and has told their stories chronologically, with pertinent explanations inserted so as to site the accounts. The accounts range over most areas of the war, including areas we don't often hear about, such as East Africa and the Army at Salonika. Five of the 20 people are on the German side, including a man from Venezuela who enlisted in the Ottoman Army and a German girl who was 12 in 1914. This unique way of telling of the war succeeds, although at first I was dismayed that the author had merely taken 20 memoirs and split them up so as to have the accounts cover the years between the summer of 1914 and November 1918. But the method works very well and results in an indeed intimate and very personal narrative. There are only three Americans, Dr. Harvey Cushing--probably the most famous of the 20, an American married to a Polish aristocrat,. and an Italian-American who leaves the U.S. to fight for Italy. Five of the 20 are women, and some of their accounts are extremely remarkable. ( )
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Peter Englund’s intense and bighearted new book, “The Beauty and the Sorrow: An Intimate History of the First World War,” begins with a long dramatis personae of the sort that can make your heart sink.

Here is advice for proceeding: Gently excise this page and make it your bookmark. You will be getting to know these people very well in Mr. Englund’s novelistic telling, and this dramatis personae will function as your GPS, a beacon during those few moments when, like one of his men and women, you are confused and bereft in the fog of war.

Mr. Englund is a Swedish historian and journalist. He is also the new permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, which awards the Nobel Prize in Literature. What he has written here is an unusual book, one he describes, not inaccurately, as “a work of anti-history.” It contains few big names, major treaties or famous battles; there are almost no ambassadors, dashing journalists or discussions of tactics and materiel. It’s not so much a book about what happened, he explains, as “a book about what it was like.” It’s about “feelings, impressions, experiences and moods.”
afegit per PLReader | editaNY Times, DWIGHT GARNER (Nov 10, 2011)
 
KRIGETS VARDAG. Det är lika skrämmande som ­underhållande när Peter Englund låter oss följa mänskliga öden under första världskriget. Utdrag ur brev, dagböcker och självbiografier låter oss stå axel vid axel med det meningslösa krigets Envar. Boken är ett mästerverk, skriver Mats Gellerfelt.
 

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Englund examines the history of World War I through the experiences of the average man and woman-- not only the tragedy and horror but also the absurdity and even, at times, the beauty. In a brilliant mosaic of perspectives that moves between the home front and the front lines, he reconstructs the feelings, impressions, experiences, and shifting spirits of twenty particular people, allowing them to speak not only for themselves but also for all those who were in some way shaped by the war, but whose voices have been forgotten, rejected, or simply remained unheard.

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