More British Press for Purge

Two more thoughtful and interesting reviews this week in the British press for Purge, by Sofi Oksanen (translated by Lola Rogers).

Maya Jaggi at The Guardian says:

Shot through with sibling jealousy, the plot has a gothic power and implausibility, with people stifled in sealed chambers and corpses left under floorboards. Aliide’s own warped cruelty enables a brutal honesty about the moral ambiguities of collaboration, with Oksanen, a young Finnish writer of Finnish-Estonian parentage, brave enough to depict earlier generations as clearly culpable.

Paul Binding at The Independent wrote a particularly vivid review:

The 1940s in Estonia resemble a sandwich with all three sections poisoned: Soviet occupation after the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact was followed by German “liberation” (a second vicious occupation), and then Russian re-conquest and incorporation into the USSR. The Finnish-Estonian Oksanen presents her history in a series of vivid cameos. Their order defies conventional chronology but corresponds to an inner logic of association and feeling, and so builds up the more strongly to the emotionally shattering climax.

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~ by lolarusa on August 27, 2010.

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