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Caduta libera

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  633 ratings  ·  70 reviews
Nel settembre dell'anno 1999 la Federazione Russa annuncia ufficialmente l'inizio della seconda operazione antiterroristica nel territorio delGruppo Editoriale L'Espresso Federativa della Cecenia e nella zone confinanti con il Caucaso del Nord. Lilin racconta quello che hanno vissuto i giovani dell'esercito russo in quel periodo, durante il loro servizio militare obbligato ...more
Hardcover, Supercoralli, 330 pages
Published April 2nd 2010 by Einaudi (first published 2010)
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Isa K.
May 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When we last left memoirist Nicolai Lilin he was coming of age in the gangster's paradise of Transnistria. The honorable thief, the criminal tattoo artist, the hood with a heart of gold and a crime family behind him ... has been drafted by Russian Army to fight in the First Chechen War.

Like Siberian Education, Sniper is violence-violence-gore-gore all the way through, published as "fiction" because none of Lilin's tall tales can be confirmed (of course)

But you know what? I actually believe him t
Jul 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: war-is-hell
having finished this around the time of the aurora shootings, it's hard not to look at the nationwide uproar and wonder why no one knows of the medieval barbarity that consumed Chechnya for so long, killing so many.

I gave this book five stars for a number of reasons. This fictionalized account of the author's experiences as a sniper in a loathed group of saboteurs, a sort of dirty dozen who don't follow the rigid repressive hierarchy of the Russian army, and in return is given the worst, most d
May 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Russians, Americans, Australians, those not made up their mind on the kleptocracy & Putin
Well written. Gruesome but insightful about Russia and Chechen wars. Corruption and arms trafficking but Russians profiting off the war and blood of drunken conscripts.

Putin stands no chance in a real war. Bring on WWIII already, so we can get it over and done with and move on. China stands little chance either. What are we waiting for Trump?
La Cecenia (e la Russia) che non sappiamo

Raramente leggo uno stesso autore in modo così ravvicinato perché il mondo letterario è così ampio e, a me, sconosciuto che preferisco conoscere nuove realtà piuttosto che approfondire un solo mondo. Ma nel passato ho fatto eccezioni, specie quando 'sentivo' che c'era dell'altro di buono da conoscere. L'ho fatto per il Perù di Scorza, il Cile di Sepulveda, il Giappone di Mishima e altri. Nicolai è una di queste belle eccezioni, una eccezione che mi parla
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very pleasant to read. The author skillfully shows war scenarios where he was deployed. Totslly recommend the book, specially to those who want to practice reading in English (easy vocabulary).
A composite of the recollections of friend’s along with the author’s experience in the second Chechen conflict, Nicolai Lilin has created a mesmerizing narration of a sniper’s life amid war. Dates, locations and events are blurred to create a compelling story and protect identities.
That said, the descriptions are rich in detail and nuance; I appreciated the way the story built vivid images that the reader is unlikely to forget.
Kolima, the narrator is conscripted and assigned to the saboteurs,
Niko Airaksinen
May 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think this book is one of the most honest and brutal war book ever made. Its merits are not the actual writing itself which can be rather crude and basic at times still mirroring the harsh thinking of russian military men. It excels on three fronts. The story itself, the action and sense of really being there inside russian snipers head. The thoughts and reasonings of the main character and his saboteur colleagues are both frightening and humorous. Anna Politkovskajas Second chechenyan war and ...more
Philip Girvan
Sniper is a fictional account of a young man, conscripted into the Russian army, and his tour of duty in the Second Chechen War. His rifle prowess leads him to be assigned to the para-bats, a team of uniquely talented soldiers, fiercely loyal to each other and their leader, and dismissive of everyone and everything else particularly the Russian Army.

Lilin does a nice job with this: the supporting characters are well-developed, the book moves ahead briskly, and the humor is dark.

Though it is fic
Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A week written and graphic war novel.
Dec 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Molto bello.
Ne parlo qui:
Annalisa Coppolaro
Dec 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love it
If Goodreads had a 10-point rating system, I'd have given this book a 7.5, but on a 5-star system, I'm rounding up to 4. I'll list how I rate, and then I'll give my synopsis. (BTW -- I won a copy of this book through a Goodreads give-away.)

FIVE – the story has changed my life, the way I view the world, or has altered the way I write.
FOUR – the story has exceeded my expectations, this was truly a fabulous weave.
THREE – I liked it, my expectations were met, I got exactly what I'd hoped for.
Dalton Bodreau
Aug 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This memoir/novel provides a distressing, real account of author Nicolai Lilin's own experiences as a sniper in the Russian army. As a member of a specialized paramilitary unit, his words take readers behind enemy lines into the trenches, hills, and villages of war-torn Chechnya and into the hearts and minds of the soldiers fighting there. Lilin's unit, the Saboteurs, is not your average orthodox and strictly disciplined military regiment. He fights for a group operating on their own standards, ...more
May 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2013
Sniper was a very different book to what I usually come across in the military genre. I am often wary of reading books that seem a little bit like a biography but with a lot of fictional elements. Sniper is about Nicolai Lilin's service in the Chechen War, and one of the reasons I decided to read this book was because I know very little about the Chechen war, this was the first book I have read about it.

Lilin ends up being a sniper with the Saboteurs through national service and his inability to
Nov 16, 2010 added it
Shelves: lato, oscuro, l, italiana
Nicolai, a fare il cecchino, ha imparato l'arte dell'osservare-valutare-colpire con prontezza.

Ricordo, tra i vecchi studi sul cinema americano, una digressione sul titanico momento del duello: colui che riflette, che decide il momento di estrarre la pistola, è il primo ad avvicinare la mano alla fondina, ma colui che è riflesso è azione pura, e va a segno. Essere riflesso è essere occhi e nervi: corpo reattivo, senza l'ingombro della ragione.

Nicolai, quando è riflesso, non sbaglia. Non ha sbag
Afiq Fadhli
Cerita ini adalah novel yang dikarang oleh seorang penembak tepat Russia yang terlibat dalam peperangan Chechnya. Dia menyertai tentera secara paksa rela, setelah diminta untuk berbakti kepada negaranya. Dia ditempatkan dalam unit Saboteurs, satu unit yang lain dari yang lain. Unit ini satu-satunya unit yang ahlinya tidak terbunuh (sepanjang penglibatan penulis dalam tentera) Ukhuwah mereka sangat rapat seolah-olah satu keluarga.

Unit ini diketuai oleh Captain Nosov. Mereka memanggilnya sebagai N
Douglas Lord
Dec 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This roman a clef drops readers into the nightmarish story of a young dude named Kolima from Transnistria (sounds fake, but it’s real) who is conscripted into the Russian military and sent to Chechnya in a guerilla unit called saboteurs (Russian for real tough bastards). As the titular sniper, Kolima has a job description that differs a little from yours: I had to protect my comrades during transfers, participate in operations as a storm trooper, and collaborate with other units to find and elim ...more
Apr 26, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Il secondo volume non ha nulla della freschezza del primo, anzi risulta essere alquanto stantio: non è niente di più che una serie di racconti di guerra.

Lilin non riesce a restituire né la complessità della guerra, né a denunciare in maniera forte i meccanismi di corruzione alla base del conflitto ceceno: qualsiasi analisi si ferma ad uno stato superficiale.

All'interno di una narrazione serrata, ogni tanto spuntano rari momenti di luce in cui Lilin mostra l'intimo di un soldato mentre combatte
Matic Sket
Nov 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: real-life, war
18 letni fant vpoklican v vojsko postane ostrostrelec in nam iz prve roke prikaže Čečensko vojno.

...Vedel sem, da vse postavljam na kocko za eno samo sekundo, toda v tistem trenutku sva smrt in jaz ostala sama na svetu in smrt je zame odplesala svoj strahotni ples, vedno enak, a vsakič drugačen, nabit s čustvi, z milino in s pogubno lepoto, ki mi je prinesla dobro počutje...
-prst na petelinu, oko na daljnogledu, sovražnik na muhi-

...Vojni kaos se mi je zdel bolj običajen in razumljiv kot tako i
Wesley  Gerrard
I really enjoyed Nicolai Lilin's first book and was keen to get stuck into this follow-up. It is really quite a different story and focusses on his career as a Russian soldier in the Chechnya war. The same vivid, friendly writing style is eminent and the reader becomes attached to the colourful characters Lilin describes. The first-hand horrors of war are very striking and there are some really gruesome scenes. The story flows from battle to battle whether it be mountain warfare or more typical ...more
Jun 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book free as a goodreads give away.If I did not believe that war is hell before reading this, I do now. The author, through many composite tales of his life as a sniper during the war in Chechnya, recounts how he and his small group of comrads survived the many dangerous encounters they had in this unknown land. I found the descriptions to be very vivid and the type that will stay with me long after reading the book. From the reluctant, outspoken recruit to the courageous sniper ...more
Sep 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Uz prvni knizka byla vazne super. Tahle mi nadchla presnym popisem a dalsimi detaily, ktere to jen popisuji. Vse je tam realne sirove a naturalisticke.
May 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
Nicolai Lilin recalls in direct and powerful language his own experiences as a sniper in Chechnya. The story is tough, gritty, and tells about the horrors of the conflict and of the bonds between soldiers.

I struggled a bit with the rating in this book. In terms of a powerful story that keeps you turning pages, this book deserves five stars. In terms of personal reading preferences, I felt that the book was a bit more graphic than I like.

I did enjoy the Perspectives of the story. I felt that it
Aug 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lilin je v Prostem padu vzel McCarthyjev Krvavi poldnevnik in njegov kontekst prestavil v drugo okolje, mu dodal druge motive in druga sredstva. Vsa moralna vprašanja o smislu in upravičenosti čečenskih spopadov so prikazana z gledišča povsem eksistencialnega boja glavnega junaka. Pripovedovalska moč, ki jo je pokazal v Sibirski vzgoji, se tu nadaljuje. Branje vas bo prestavilo na prvo gverilsko fronto ene najbolj krvavih bojnih polj v zadnjem času. Potrebno se je le vprašati, ali si tja želite. ...more
Tony el Oso
This book gives an interesting insight into the operations of a Russian special unit during the Chechen war. The reader follows the young Kolima on his campaign in the Saboteurs unit. A lot of the days are the same and there are no real deeper layers in the story. It's just about killing Arab enemies (often in brutal ways) and exhausting missions. The killing and executions of missions are done without much questioning and definitely without any hesitation (at least that's how it seems). The "it ...more
Damiano Battaglia
Proseguono le avventure di Kolima, questa volta impegnato in Cecenia come cecchino. Aspro racconto di guerra, composto da singoli quadri episodici giustapposti che potrebbero anche avere un ordine temporale diverso. La crudezza delle immagini e la freddezza disincantata del narratore sono mitigate dalla scorrevolezza della scrittura: l'autore non si perde in termini magniloquenti e privilegia semplicità e immediatezza, lasciando parlare gli eventi. La brevissima chiusura con "morale" restituisce ...more
There is something about Good Reads giveaways that I will be forever grateful to. I am not one to pick up biography's or non fiction, but this is the third in that genre I have won that truly impacted me in ways I never thought possible. The retelling from an actual soldier of the Chechnyan war was grisly, and horrific and impossible for me to put down. It would take me a while to unwind from reading this book which haunts you for a long time after. You keep wanting what is written to actually b ...more
Jun 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While reading this book I sometimes had a feeling I'm reading a horror story. It's graphic, detailed, an very much "in your face" with descriptions of war operations, death on almost every page, even brutal torture of war prisoners.

But at the end it's a good book. It shows the reality of (this) war... And shows that things are rarely as they seem to be... And how often wars are only cover (or playground) of much bigger interests of people that hold all the power.

World peace, democracy, human r
Apr 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was interested in learning a first-person perspective of the Chechen wars, but I didn't expect it to be this engaging. I'm not sure how scholarly or rooted in reality it is, as this read at the pace and tone of an action movie, but it was massively engrossing. At no point does Lilin become indulgent in what he's 'experiencing,' but it's interesting to see the common threads between this and other combat stories from the American perspective. Overall, pretty glad I read it, and appreciative of ...more
Sep 19, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I actually did not finish this book. After reading 190 pages of running through buildings, shooting lots of people and mutilating live prisoners I decided this book had no redeeming qualities that merited 200 more pages of my time.

I thought the book would be similar to "Red Badge of Courage," filled with emotions, feelings, thoughts, some personal perspective of what it was like to be trained and employed as a sniper. None. At the end of the book, after he has been discharged from the Russian Ar
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Nicolai Lilin is a Russian writer of Siberian origin. He was born and grew up in Transnistria, which declared its independence in 1990 but has never been recognized as a state.
In 2004 he moved to Italy. In 2009 he published in Italy for Einaudi "Siberian education", his first novel, written directly in Italian. The book has been translated into 19 languages and distributed in 24 countries, and ha
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