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Documents Concerning Rubashov the Gambler by Carl-Johan Vallgren
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Dec 30, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: belles-lettres, all-time-favs
Read in January, 2004

The book moved me to tears, the horrors of the 20th century (which we go through with the "hero") appear to be so damn violent, so senseless, so little heroic, so ruining, so full of endless suffering and cruelty that it filled me with complete bewilderment and oppressive feelings regarding to the future. I think this was the only time I wished an author would write less vivid and brillant...
This is a distressing journey through history and reading can result the loss of believing in reason and the good in human. This book is build from a huge block of human cruelty and stupidity. And the worst: it goes on and on and on...
Admittedly, this sounds not encouraging, but this is a great piece of literature (or as we say in Germany: Life is no pony farm...)! And I do love and admire Vallgrens colourless and at the same time luxuriant style of writing and I am so glad to have it in my bookshelf.
Whoever reads this: read it!

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