The Legion Of The Damned

The Legion Of The Damned Sven Hassel s books have sold million copies worldwide The critically acclaimed Legion of the Damned has already been translated into languages and will soon reach the attention of even readers

  • Title: The Legion Of The Damned
  • Author: Sven Hassel
  • ISBN: 9780552072410
  • Page: 284
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 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 RussSven 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 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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    1. First read this about 25 years ago when I went through a period of reading a bunch of Sven Hassel books. Now they've reissued them I thought I'd read it again.There seems to be a bit of confusion over how much of his books are autobiographical and how much "based on events" or just plain made up. From what I can gather this is the most autobiographical of the lot though and the first one he wrote.An antiwar book that shows how he was brutalised and in turn found moments of humanity in the horror [...]

    2. After 100 pages read from this book I've already said to myself that I DO not like this book, because it's to boring even though it's about WW2, which is my obsession. But at some point, the main character, Sven, said that people think that war is someting wow, something romantic and they always expect great stories from it. But the only thing that a war do is to destroy people and their humanity and minds. It simply let them empty. When I read that I realised that I was thinking the same way an [...]

    3. It is a must read novel for as many people as possible, especially for the ones that did not participated in any war. Its purpose is to spoil the heroic vision regarding wars and to show that there is nothing good in such an action. Perhaps the human kind would avoid in the future such events if as many as possible people would read similar books. In this context it makes no sense to discuss anything about style or literary value. The book must have 5 star rating.My copy of this book is in Roman [...]

    4. There is much controversy on the Internet as to whether Sven Hassel's autobiographical books are true or fiction, whether he was what he claims to be - and whether he exists at all or is a fictional identity created by someone else!Well, it is obvious that the books cannot be taken at 100% face value. However, taking into account that this, the first book was written 12 years before any of the others, and that it appears to cover his entire wartime experience, my impression to say that it is gen [...]

    5. I have read this book about 4 times, at large time intervals, and it still has the same powerful impression on me. I admire the story itself beacuse of it's cruelty to the reader, who is spared of nothing I think it's an amazing window through which we can see one small, really really small part of the suffering that went back way back during the World Wars

    6. O carte ce prezinta viața de coșmar al unui soldat neamț trecut prin lagăre, dezertări, explozii, prietenii și iubiri puternice. A fost interesant să văd războiul și prin ochii unui soldat neamț, nu doar din perspectiva prizonierilor evrei. Dacă îți plac cărțile de război, merită citită.

    7. I read everything by Sven Hassel when I was a teenager and, at the time, thought he was greatw, I am not so sure.The Legion of the Damned gives an overview of his time a soldier in the Second World War and goes right through from start to finish. The problem that then kicks in is that, with me having read all his other stuff, he manages to omit a large number of comrades who feature endlessly in his other books.This leads me to believe that he was making a lot of it up and that his time spent fi [...]

    8. I am aware of the controversy that swirls around the author but if even half of this stuff is true (and maybe only half is) it is still mighty disturbing. Despite brief interludes of fleeting happiness, the book is a relentless cascade of brutality: "Such atrocities had a stupefying effect on one. For a long time I went about in a state of queer, dull resignation and was on the point of being infected by my companions' belief that we were all doomed and that nothing mattered at all, since all me [...]

    9. Trivial and shallow - not recommended at all, unless you are a stereotypical 15 year old kid with no knowledge of WW2.

    10. "¿Qué puede hacer un regimiento disciplinario contra sesenta o setenta millones de cotorras que no ven nada, porque no quieren verlo?" frase que resume el libro que describe las locuras vividas por unos soldados alemanes que no creen en el ideario de la raza superior y que acaban convirtiéndose en una familia que trata de sobrevivir y donde de seis mil en 1941 tan solo sobreviven "3". Los protagonistas de ficción se prometen escribir un libro para contar a las generaciones futuras las locura [...]

    11. This book is a must to better understand the complexities of the war. And World War II is unlike any other war in the history of humanity.Who is an enemy and who is a friend? Who is right and who is wrong? Sven Hassel shows that the line is so thin that at times it just can't be seen.

    12. Breve y entretenido, es un duro alegato contra la guerra y la brutalidad que provoca. Partiendo de un relato más o menos autobiográfico el autor nos va narrando sus terribles experiencias en la II Guerra Mundial, tanto detrás de las líneas como en el frente de batalla en Rusia. Todo el horror, toda la pesadilla que se llevó por delante las vidas de millones de personas, militares y civiles, se nos expone aquí con el conocimiento que da haberlo vivido de primera mano.Y sin embargo no se hac [...]

    13. Mrs Mapp, on clocking me reading this, exclaimed "What are you doing reading Sven Hassel? You're not 14 years old".She was nearly right. I was 13 when I read this.For a generation of people brought up in the 70s and 80s, Sven Hassel books were de-rigour. Up there with James Herbert. I decided on a trip down memory lane, some 35 years later, to see how they stacked up.Amazing. When I cannot remember a book read last year, the characters just lept off the page. Porta was always my favourite and so [...]

    14. Hassela mám ráda. Dost ráda. Takový Generál SS a pár dalších knih, které jsem již četla. (Mimochodem, nakladatelství Baronet je vydalo v takovém zvláštním pořadí, že Legie prokletých je ve výsledku vážně první kniha celé série.)Ale abych byla upřímná - Legie prokletých mě vůbec nezaujala. Jsem zvyklá na Hasselům ironickým přístup, na to, že se občas zasměji, i když se to při čtení válečného románu považuje za nevhodné, ale v této knize se mi zd [...]

    15. The first chapters of this book, when Sven is in the concentration camp, are relentless and harrowing, and are reportedly based on the writer's own experiences.These beginning chapters get a full 5 stars from me, and a recommendation to absolutely everyone.So much time has passed now since World War II that we kind of forget just how much of an affront to humanity that these concentration camps were (and still are).Sven and his fellow prisoners put through their paces, kept constantly on the mov [...]

    16. Un doloroso ritratto biografico della Seconda Guerra Mondiale vissuta dal soldato Sven Hassel, assieme ai suoi compagni. Magistrale narrazione dell'inferno della guerra, evento che distrugge persone e cose, cuore e anima di tutti i popoli. Preferisco non aggiungere altro, ma solo alcune frasi dello stesso autore sulla guerra: " Preferirei poter essere umano. Preferirei poter dire di non nutrire nessun istinto sanguinario; ma ancora oggi vedo rosso quando penso, o peggio incontro, coloro che inci [...]

    17. -En realidad tampoco estuvo en casi ninguno de los escenarios que nos presenta, pero qué más da.-Género. Novela.Lo que nos cuenta. El Gefreiter Sven Hassel es condenado a quince años de trabajos forzados por deserción en una vista celebrada el último año de la Segunda Guerra Mundial. Primero sufrirá la dureza del Campo Disciplinario de Lengries , después tendrá que desactivar bombas durante su estancia en el Campo de Fagen, volverá a Lengries para trabajos forzados en sus minas y cant [...]

    18. I'd always avoided these books because the covers put me off, they always seem a bit 'Yay the SS!' Hence my surprise when the book was actually extremely condemnatory of the SS and the whole German regime at the time.So quite why the book designers decided to put Sven HaSSel emblazoned in bold on the cover I do not know. The guy clearly hated the SS, in fact he recounts with relish the number of times on the Eastern Front that the German army and Russians would stop shooting at each other for a [...]

    19. This surprised me a little. Having seen the lurid covers, I was expecting a Hassel book to be cartoon tales of battle and Jerry derring do. Was pleasantly surprised to find a thoughtful, more measured approach lurking beneath the whole artifice. I was reminded in many ways of Spike Milligan's war volumes, with the whole idea of war dissected and viewed as hopeless, mundane and forlorn. There was action and battle, but only as background, the vast majority of the novel deals with the sadness and [...]

    20. Sven Hassell wrote a series of mostly fictionalized WWII novels which we would describe as "pulp fiction", from the point of view of cynical, fatalistic German soldiers trapped in the machinery of Hitler's war machine This was supposedly his most autobiographical book Regardless of the veracity of his writings - which have been hotly contested - (entire series has sales in excess of 50 million), it can't be denied they are ultimately anti-war books I find them a guilty good read

    21. A guilty pleasure - my dad had these books on this shelf for years and I'd peek at them, for some reason they seemed forbidden.They are a fun read, a kind of WW2 pulp fiction, all from the perspective of a German penal unit. Wild, realistic most the time, and oddly poignant for such a tale.

    22. Sven Hassell's first book has a much more autobiographical feel to it. It pulls no punches, telling of life in the Wehrmacht's Penal regiments. At times brutal, at times sensitive, even funny. When there are masses of war stories about the winning side, this is an excellent book for redressing that balance.

    23. In each of his books Sven Hassel shows episode from World War II. This is about fights in Russia. He showed brutality of war with dark humour. Great antiwar book.

    24. 1st - ?? ???? ????! Sto scandagliando il fondo di ogni ricordo onde anobizzare ogni libro possibile, attingo alla vecchia passione liceale per l'odissea di Sven Hassel attraverso l'Europa. Questo � il primo di quattordici, gli altri compariranno se e quando mi ricorder� qualcosa. Questo l'ho riletto. Hassel (cittadino danese) fin� coscritto per varie vicissitudini non esclusa la fame, nell'esercito tedesco. Sfamatosi di cibo ma saziatosi presto di farsi mandare ammazzato, diserta. Mal glie [...]

    25. No sé por dónde comenzar, La legión de los condenados, para no dejar la idea muy en el aire explicare brevemente y sin spoiler. La historia narra la vida de un grupo de compañeros los cuales han sido ex presidiarios por delitos políticos y cuando son reasignados comienzan una amistad que durara por años, juntos es su único apoyo y buscan verle el lado bueno a la vida de un soldado en la guerra.Luego de mucho investigar sobre el autor y sus obras llegue a la conclusión de que todos y cada [...]

    26. Un razboi vazut din perspectiva bravului soldat care lupta chiar si atunci cand nu mai stie pentru ce lupta. Narat la persoana 1, te poarta usor prin etapa invaziei nemtilor in "taramul nimanui" si dincolo de el, unde se desfasoara iadul, in inima Rusiei. Ne arata latura atat de umana a razboiului si dramele cu care se confrunta un om al razboiului, cand de exemplu atat rusii cat si nemtii se inteleg sa arunce cateva grenade la ore fixe, cunoscute de tabara adversa, strict cat sa isi multumeasca [...]

    27. I hadn't read a Sven Hassel novel since my teenage years - a while ago! Though I didn't devour this one as I used to, it was enjoyable to be reacquainted with some of the characters that were so memorable from the books. That said, this first novel in the series, is probably the most even-handed and less comical in terms of the adventures they encounter in later books. I will read another because of course, with any book we loved as a youngster, there is always a degree of nostalgia attached.

    28. Novela bélica ambientada en la segunda guerra mundial que nos narra la crueldad de la guerra desde el punto de vista de un soldado alemán, cansado ya de todo aquello. Amistad, humor amargo, crueldad Todo se entrelaza armónicamente para dar lugar a un libro de fácil lectura cuyos protagonistas no pasan desapercibidos, compartiendo todos ellos una idea antibelicista común.Uno de los pocos libros que he vuelto a leer con el paso del tiempo y me sigue gustando tanto como el primer día.

    29. Ez a könyv olyan, mint a háború maga. Zaklatott, végletekig elcsigázott és kilátástalan. Nagyszerűen megteremti azt a hangulatot, amit a fronton szolgáló katonák érezhettek, áthatja a kétségbeesés a könyv minden oldalát. Ez azonban nem jelenti azt, hogy tetszett is. Hiteles, az igaz, de nem jó Nem is nevezném regények, inkább egy összefüggéstelen, naplószerű mű. Talán többet is ki lehetett volna ebből hozni, mert a témaválasztás és a hangulat partner lenne ben [...]

    30. E’ il primissimo libro di Argberg. Non sembra in particolare un libro che attende un seguito, l’autore parla di sé quasi per la maggior parte del libro, solo dopo sono Fagen sono introdotti gli altri personaggi. Lo stile è scarno, molti episodi sono sconnessi, si citano parti differenti della sua storia in quegli anni. E’, tuttavia, l’esordio di un grande maestro di guerra.

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