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If you're interested in Vlasov, you really should read William Vollmann's novel EUROPE CENTRAL. Vollmann is a genius, and the book is intelligent, funny, human, and miles beyond the hardware fetishism of most fiction about war.

The book is actually a series of intertwined novellas (some a dozen pages long, some two hundred). The longest of them focus on Paulus at Stalingrad, Vlasov among the Germans, and the composer Shostakovich during his time in the siege of Leningrad.

At least look it up on Amazon. This is probably the best novel that will ever be written about the horror of the war in the East, and (because Vollmann is still a "writer's writer") it remains relatively unknown.

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Originally posted by z-warfare:

Just picked up Europe Central, got a few pages into it and it is definitely far from hardware fetishism... Some cool semi-historical vignettes. But I don't know what to make of the Soviet lesbian sex scenes. They seem somehow gratuitous.

If they're about Akhmatova, they're grognard-level historical.

But if you like, you can skip to the sections on Paulus, Vlasov, etc.

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