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Wieże z kamienia (Terra incognita)

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Powieść o jednym z najbardziej tajemniczych i najtragiczniejszych miejsc na ziemi – kaukaskiej krainie Czeczenii, o jej mieszkańcach i wojnie toczonej przez garstkę desperatów przeciwko wielokrotnie liczniejszej armii. To także opowieść o wybrańcach wojny, którzy wszystko jej zawdzięczają i którzy inaczej nie potrafiliby żyć, takich jak Asłan Maschadow i Szamil Basajew, or ...more
Paperback, 360 pages
Published August 2004 by Wydawnictwo W.A.B.
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Lorenzo Berardi
This book begs for patient readers and plenty of spare time.
True, I have much of the latter at the moment, but lately I'm not focused enough on my reading to appreciate such a complex and in-depth narration of the Chechen wars.

The point is that Wojciech Jagielski turned out to be very demanding with his readers here. You cannot simply leaf through 'Towers of Stone' casually with your pencil underlining selected passages as if you're reading your average good Polish reportage.
Unlike most of th
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Ola
Mar 10, 2015 Ola rated it liked it
Good for understanding who's who in the Chechnya conflict but... there's not much action. Which is, in a way, interesting. Not everyone here is a terrorist, most are average people who just try to somehow cope with their lives under very difficult circumstances. Most of the book is about sitting and waiting - for the war to start, for the war to end, for the partizans to come, for the partizans to leave, for a politician to make a statement, for the seasons to change. The villagers don't have mu ...more
Flora
The book meanders a bit, but that doesn't matter much for the uninitiated. This is great for explaining several key players in the Chechen wars, and touches on some of the events in between. Heartbreaking in many ways because once you go to war in/with Russia, everybody who sticks around long enough pretty much ends up dead.
Przemek Skoczyński
Jan 31, 2015 Przemek Skoczyński rated it liked it
Książka zbudowana na dychotomii czeczeńskich przywódców. Basajew, jako nieobliczalny szaleniec, jest przeciwieństwem rozsądnego i wierzącego w pokojowe rozwiązanie Maschadowa. Summa summarum obaj i tak walczą po jasnej stronie mocy, a Rosja jest pokazana (zapewnie słusznie) jako okrutny okupant. Nawet, gdy Jagielski przytacza fakty o znanych nam z wiadomości aktach terrorystycznych, ukazuje ich drugie dno i nakierowuje czytelnika, by wyciągnął odpowiednie wnioski o tym kto tak naprawdę jest winn ...more
Anna
Feb 01, 2016 Anna rated it really liked it
Wojciech Jagielski is a journalist specialised in Caucasian relations especially Chechnya. Mowing story about life in Chechnya - a group of independent and proud warriors, relations the leader Shamil Basaev and Aslan Maschadov and how common people see them both. Jagielski used a style similiar to Kapuściński - personal tales are important, not great politics.
Anna
Feb 01, 2016 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wojciech Jagielski is a journalist specialised in Caucasian relations especially Chechnya. Mowing story about life in Chechnya - a group of independent and proud warriors, relations the leader Shamil Basaev and Aslan Maschadov and how common people see them both. Jagielski used a style similiar to Kapuściński - personal tales are important, not great politics.
Andy Detaille
Sep 20, 2013 Andy Detaille rated it liked it
read it in english, called 'towers of stone'
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