Reading. Babel. (part 2).
I had to read Babel's 1920 Diary before I went back to the Red Calvary cycle. The truth before the fiction. His diary is shattering in its swiftness, its look at the brutality of war, experienced as Babel experienced it; you are pulled into the flickering landscape with him. The stories are different. They are completely heartbreaking in their details of the casualties of war. It is fiction as a weapon, an exposé.
to be continued.