Recent Reviews of Purge

Jacob Silverman has recently posted a review of Sofi Oksanen’s Purge (English translation by yours truly) at The New Republic‘s online books section. He discusses the complexity of Estonia’s status in the second world war, trapped between Germany and Russia, which is the historical backdrop of the book.

… This is the sort of history that does not mesh well with popular American narratives of World War II, according to which the Axis powers were our enemy and the Soviet Union our reluctant ally. Instead, Estonians fought on both sides in the war…

Thorough and interesting reviews of Purge are also online at NPR (which doesn’t have any major plot spoilers), and at Words Without Borders, Bookslut, and The Complete Review (which do).

~ by lolarusa on May 19, 2010.

2 Responses to “Recent Reviews of Purge”

  1. It is a heavy book. One you think about after putting it down.

  2. How did you do that? I just hung up the phone.

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