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Legion of the Damned by Sven Hassel

Legion of the Damned (1957)

by Sven Hassel

Series: Sven Hassel

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A gritty read with some scenes not for the squeamish. ( )
  Chris.Graham | Jul 30, 2013 |
A book I was really looking to forward to reading. After looking at many reviews describing his works as 'war porn' and 'gratuitously violent' I hoped that I was going to be in for something special. Unfortunately this was not the case.

The first few chapters details the barbarity in the prison camps and lengths many people had to go to just to survive, but from this point I started to find the book a bit of a chore. The short paragraphs at the start of a chapter were often bewildering and occasionally had no resemblence to the plot.

When the action comes it is thick and fast but for me the parts in between are just far too long and boring. Other reviewers have commented on historical inaccuracies etc etc etc, I know nothing of these, and this is probably a testament to how boring I actually found the text - I just couldn't be bothered to find out. ( )
  Bridgey | Jun 12, 2013 |
The first Sven Hassel novel. A novel full of mayhem on the Eastern Front, some have called this war porn.
  kaki5231 | Jan 4, 2013 |
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''Ono što možda najviše osvežava i ostavlja najjači utisak kod Haselovih knjiga je to što on skupinu vojnika Vermahta ne koristi kao sredstvo za još jedan dosadan prikaz svih zala nacizma, već preko njih daje analizu znatno većeg i opasnijeg zla - rata samog po sebi - bilo kog rata, bilo kada, bilo gde. Sasvim sigurno da ovi ljudi nisu junaci; nisu čak ni antijunaci u smislu u uobičajenom shvatanju. Oni ubijaju, puštaju ljude na slobodu i šale se sa podjednakom lakoćom, čak jedan drugom zagorčavaju životi stalno gledaju da bar nešto ućare. Dosta iz njihovog držanja je, naravno, oprostivo u tom okruženju, ali ne sve. Kao ishod, ostavljeni smo da razmišljamo o punoj složenosti rata, i o punoj složenosti čoveka...''
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Sven Hassel's books have sold 52 million copies worldwide. The critically acclaimed Legion of the Damned has already been translated into 15 languages, and will soon reach the attention of even more readers when it becomes a movie. Hassel, a Danish volunteer who served in the German army throughout WWII, based this story on his own horrific experiences fighting on the Russian front. Never before has violence been described in such graphic and realistic detail.

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