From BBC Radio 3 - Drama on 3: A new adaptation for radio of Nobel Prize-winner Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's epic story of the first battle of the EasternFrom BBC Radio 3 - Drama on 3: A new adaptation for radio of Nobel Prize-winner Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's epic story of the first battle of the Eastern Front in 1914 - which was a disaster for Russia. Solzhenitsyn's book was published in the West one year after he won the prize - with sections about Lenin omitted. It was only after his expulsion from the USSR that the complete book was available. This new production is narrated by Fiona Shaw.
In August 1914, Colonel Vorotyntsev advances into East Prussia in search of the elusive front line. As he encounters the truth about the German war-machine his military ideals rapidly tarnish and he must decide whether to volunteer his men for certain death or retreat. At the outbreak of the First World War, the Russian advance met with catastrophic results. Bungled orders, poor and insufficient supplies, out-dated equipment and tactics, and deliberate misinformation resulted in chaos and the near-annihiliation of the army at the hands of the Germans. Three years later the tsarist regime fell as Lenin led the October Revolution.
Dramatised by Robin Brooks from the translation by H.T.Willett
From BBC Radio 3 - Drama on 3: A masterwork of Greek fiction, Life in the Tomb provides a different perspective on the anniversary of the Great War. ThFrom BBC Radio 3 - Drama on 3: A masterwork of Greek fiction, Life in the Tomb provides a different perspective on the anniversary of the Great War. This new dramatisation from leading playwright April De Angelis in her first radio dramatisation features an original score by award winning composer Errollyn Wallen.
Originally published as extracts in a national Greek newspaper, the book takes the form of a series of letters from a young soldier back to his girlfriend in Lesvos, as his platoon moves deeper into trench warfare. Myrivilis based the book on his own experience of fighting on the Macedonian front. The book is so honest about how appalling conditions were and how badly the army was managed that it was banned on publication.
Stratis Myrivilis' book brilliantly captures a complex Southern European view of World War I. Our narrator meets a wide range of nationalities on his journey to the trenches. The incidents he describes are rich and often unexpected - the Macedonian family who care for him when wounded, the enemy soldier with the voice of an angel and the Chinese cart driver who helps him when lost. The narrator is moving, unwittingly, towards his own death, a tragic accident in the last days of the conflict.
Stratis Myrivilis was a prolific author, nominated by the Greek society of authors for the Nobel Prize in 1960....more
Opening lines: HE lay staring at the withy binders of his thatch; the grass was infinitely green; his view eFree download available at eBooks@Adelaide.
Opening lines: HE lay staring at the withy binders of his thatch; the grass was infinitely green; his view embraced four counties; the roof was supported by six small oak sapling-trunks, roughly trimmed and brushed from above by apple boughs. French crab-apple! The hut had no sides.
This is the last book of the tetralogy "Parade's End" but is not so compelling as the previous book....more
Opening lines: The two young men — they were of the English public official class — sat in the perfectly appointed railway carriage. The leather straps to the windows were of virgin newness; the mirrors beneath the new luggage racks immaculate as if they had reflected very little; the bulging upholstery in its luxuriant, regulated curves was scarlet and yellow in an intricate, minute dragon pattern, the design of a geometrician in Cologne.
From Wiki: The novels chronicle the life of Christopher Tietjens, "the last Tory", a brilliant government statistician from a wealthy landowning family who is serving in the British Army during World War I. His wife Sylvia is a flippant socialite who seems intent on ruining him. Tietjens may or may not be the father of his wife's child. Meanwhile, his incipient affair with Valentine Wannop, a high-spirited pacifist and suffragette, has not been consummated, despite what all their friends believe. The two central novels follow Tietjens in the army in France and Belgium, as well as Sylvia and Valentine in their separate paths over the course of the war.
From BBC Radio 3 - Drama on 3: Three-quarters of a century after his death, Ivor Gurney is now celebrated as both poet and composer. He studied at theFrom BBC Radio 3 - Drama on 3: Three-quarters of a century after his death, Ivor Gurney is now celebrated as both poet and composer. He studied at the Royal College of Music with Charles Villiers Stanford and Vaughan Williams and began to write poetry and songs seriously during World War One. In 1918 Gurney suffered the first of his breakdowns, triggered in part by the end of a love affair. He continued to compose, producing songs, instrumental pieces, chamber music and orchestral works; but in 1922 he was declared insane and interned in a mental hospital, where he was detained for the last 15 years of his life.
Such splendid music, what a sad end for this great composer....more
PRELUDE: THE TROOPS DREAMERS THE REDEEMER TRENCH DUTY WIRERS BREAK OF DAY A WORKING PARTY STAND-TO: GOOFree download available at Project Gutenberg. CONTENTS
PRELUDE: THE TROOPS DREAMERS THE REDEEMER TRENCH DUTY WIRERS BREAK OF DAY A WORKING PARTY STAND-TO: GOOD FRIDAY MORNING "IN THE PINK" THE HERO BEFORE THE BATTLE THE ROAD TWO HUNDRED YEARS AFTER THE DREAM AT CARNOY BATTALION RELIEF THE DUG-OUT THE REAR-GUARD I STOOD WITH THE DEAD SUICIDE IN TRENCHES ATTACK COUNTER-ATTACK THE EFFECT REMORSE IN AN UNDERGROUND DRESSING-STATION DIED OF WOUNDS
"THEY" BASE DETAILS LAMENTATIONS THE GENERAL HOW TO DIE EDITORIAL IMPRESSIONS FIGHT TO A FINISH ATROCITIES THE FATHERS "BLIGHTERS" GLORY OF WOMEN THEIR FRAILTY DOES IT MATTER? SURVIVORS JOY-BELLS ARMS AND THE MAN WHEN I'M AMONG A BLAZE OF LIGHTS THE KISS THE TOMBSTONE-MAKER THE ONE-LEGGED MAN RETURN OF THE HEROES
TWELVE MONTHS AFTER TO ANY DEAD OFFICER SICK LEAVE BANISHMENT AUTUMN REPRESSION OF WAR EXPERIENCE TOGETHER THE HAWTHORN TREE CONCERT PARTY NIGHT ON THE CONVOY A LETTER HOME RECONCILIATION MEMORIAL TABLET (GREAT WAR) THE DEATH-BED AFTERMATH SONG-BOOKS OF THE WAR EVERYONE SANG ...more