A Small Corner of Hell: Dispatches from ChechnyaHardback
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- Publisher: University of Chicago Press
- Format: Hardback | 288 pages
- Dimensions: 161mm x 234mm x 21mm | 504g
- Publication date: 22 October 2003
- Publication City/Country: Chicago, IL
- ISBN 10: 0226674320
- ISBN 13: 9780226674322
- Illustrations note: 1 map
Anna Politkovskaya, a correspondent for Novaya gazeta, has gathered together a collection of articles and columns which offer a rare insider's view of life in Chechnya. The book recounts the horrors of living in the midst of war, and how conflict has affected Russian society.
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Anna Politkovskaya (1958-2006) received the Golden Pen Award from the Russian Union of Journalists in 2000, the Courage in Journalism Award from the International Women's Media Foundation, and the Prize for Journalism and Democracy from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.
Chechnya, a 6,000-square-mile corner of the northern Caucasus, has struggled under Russian domination for centuries. The region declared its independence in 1991, leading to a brutal war, Russian withdrawal, and subsequent "governance" by bandits and warlords. A series of apartment building attacks in Moscow in 1999, allegedly orchestrated by a rebel faction, reignited the war, which continues to rage today. Russia has gone to great lengths to keep journalists from reporting on the conflict; consequently, few people outside the region understand its scale and the atrocities described by eyewitnesses as comparable to those discovered in Bosnia committed there. Anna Politkovskaya, a correspondent for the liberal Moscow newspaper "Novaya gazeta," is the only journalist to have constant access to the region. Her international stature and reputation for honesty among the Chechens have allowed her to continue to report to the world the brutal tactics of Russia's leaders used to quell the uprisings. "A Small Corner of Hell: Dispatches from Chechnya" is her second book on this bloody and prolonged war. More than a collection of articles and columns, "A Small Corner of Hell "offers a rare insider's view of life in Chechnya over the past years. Centered on stories of those caught-literally-in the crossfire of the conflict, her book recounts the horrors of living in the midst of the war, examines how the war has affected Russian society, and takes a hard look at how people on both sides are profiting from it, from the guards who accept bribes from Chechens out after curfew to the United Nations. Politkovskaya's unflinching honesty and her courage in speaking truth to power combine here to produce a powerful account of what is acknowledged as one of the most dangerous and least understood conflicts on the planet."