Release: 13.09.2022

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IN A FRENZY – Russia’s War

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  • A powerful voice and an exciting internal perspective on Russia and the war in Ukraine.
  • The impressing personal account from the former Russian soldier and war reporter.
  • Already published in Sweden.
  • The author's previous books were sold to the UK, Spain and Italy.
  • English sample translation available.

So clear, so close, so knowing and so personal: no one writes about the Ukraine war like Arkadi Babtschenko. 

As a former soldier, Arkadi Babtschenko knows the Russian army inside out; he has lived in the Ukraine and in exile as a critical, persecuted author for years. He has been writing about the situation since 2014 with this unique internal view of both sides as no one else can – in a passionately personal and stylistically brilliant manner with immense knowledge: there is the state-affiliated media, which breeds “Russian infantilism” with trash and national kitsch, without dignity or shame. The Russian Victory Days, which only celebrate the past – not the future. The future, in the form of dead soldiers, is emphatically hushed up.

Babtschenko writes about Putin’s delusion, which has gripped the whole of Russia, about concrete weaknesses with regard to material and strategy, and, right from the start, makes incredibly accurate predictions. From 24 February 2022, his texts take on the form of a unique diary of the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine, the decisive conflict of the current day that has already profoundly changed the world; it sheds light on the events and portrays them with a linguistic verve that is unparalleled, clear-sighted and yet incredibly close.

"Babtschenko’s account is reminiscent of Remarque and Hemingway.” Neue Literarische Rundschau on Die Farbe des Krieges

Die Farbe des Krieges can easily compete with the great literary testimonies from other wars … Babtschenko has breathtaking visual power.” Süddeutsche Zeitung

Babtschenko depicts the horror of war like no one before.” Die Zeit 

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  • Publisher: Rowohlt Berlin
  • Release: 13.09.2022
  • 320 pages
  • ISBN: 978-3-7371-0177-6
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Arkadi Babtschenko

Arkadi Babtschenko, born in Moscow in 1977, fought in the Chechen wars. He later wrote for Novaya Gazeta as a war correspondent. He has been living in exile since 2017. In 2018, a fatal attack on Babtschenko was reported in Kiev – according to Ukrainian intelligence, a staging to protect him from Russian pursuers; the case caused an international stir. Babtschenko’s books such as The Colour of War (2007) are among the most important works of recent war literature.