Stalingrad by Theodor Plievier


Translated from German by Richard and Clara Winston

Details Stalingrad

GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, War, Fiction, World War II, Cultural, Russia

Reviews Stalingrad

  • Mieczyslaw Kasprzyk
    Anyone who has read the histories and memoirs of the fighting on the Eastern Front, especially Stalingrad, will not find anything new in Plievier's book yet it still manages to capture that descent into Hell that was the common experience for the soldiers of this, the greatest battle of the Second World War. The book was written in 1948 and that immediately makes it stand out as a forerunner of gritty, down-to-earth literary depictions of the hor...
  • Hayes
    The darkest, most horrifyingly depressing read you could possibly imagine. An anti war book like no other, you won't enjoy a second of it, but you'll remember all of it.
  • Michael Jose
    A hideously depressing, horrific read that will cause you to lose all faith in humankind.
  • 1.1
    This novel about the final months of the German 6th Army was basically exhausting to read. At some point the idea sinks in that masses of sick and injured soldiers had to continue fighting and moving or freeze to death in discard piles, that they were basically abandoned and wasted en masse as the tides of war began to turn. Fitting reading for winter if you can stomach it, and it ought to cure any self-pity issues you may have. Sort of like a de...
  • Averell
    Definitely the most interesting fiction (but very realistic) account you can find in English language on the tragic events at Stalingrad
  • Tomi
    What a powerful writer...and an excellent translator, too. This book made me feel as if I were there. The German soldiers deserve praise for their courage; but those who issued the idiotic orders and those who just kept blindly following those orders deserve nothing. Idiots. I may be turning into a pacifist...I definitely need some light reading after this - say, Doestoevsky or maybe an encyclopedia...
  • Mitch
    War is a bummer. It's a bummer for everyone involved. But in the case of this book it was really a bummer for the German army that had to go try and conquer Russia in the winter. They got trapped and cut off. So they end up starving and shooting themselves and it just sucks. It's important to note that the characters in this story aren't nazis. The nazis are their bosses and their bosses are insane. So there's a degree of empathy that one can hav...
  • John
    I found this at a thrift store a couple years after being mesmerized by Anthony Beevor's "Stalingrad". I was really excited to get into this, but was really disappointed. The material is dynamite, but Plievier just wasn't up to the task. The work is too driven by Plievier's didactic narrative, and not driven by dialogue and imagery. Many of the reviewers of this book note the gore, terror, and grim outlook of the book. It is true that the book is...
  • Eoghan Mac
    I read this a long time ago and it always hovered around in the back of my mind whenever I read anything about Stalingrad. I read it again last year and it was as good and as grim as I remembered it. For those who might like a flash, bang, wallop combat book this is not that book. I should know as I enjoy that sort of thing as well. It is however a masterful depiction of how stuff just falls apart, how people accept worsening situations and get o...
  • Claudia
    This book is among my top 10 books of all times. It is brilliant. Very impressive story line, strong feeling of reality and historically accurate.
  • Richard
    Doesn't wear all that well. About the third time I've read this, not recently. Depressing but seems real.
  • William Kirkland
    The Battle of Stalingrad, August 23, 1942 to February 2, 1943, between the one million man German army and the million and a half man Soviet army was the largest armed confrontation in world history. At a cost of half a million dead and many more wounded, the Soviets defeated the Germans, who lost an entire army and some twenty squadrons of air-craft. The reputation of Nazi invincibility had been broken, sixteen months prior to D-Day (June 1944,)...
  • Lawrence
    After reading Stalingrad it seems inadequate to describe the battle in the way so many military histories do. While it was "the turning point of the war" and "Germany's greatest defeat" this ignores the immense waste of human life, the incredible suffering, the brutality, the bravery and the pointlessness of the battle. Stalingrad is not an easy book to read. In part because Plievier spares the reader nothing in his descriptions of war and the co...
  • Keith
    Hitler's decision to launch “Operation Barbarossa” and open an eastern front with the invasion of Russia, proved once again the cynical observation: “the only thing that we learn from history is that we learn nothing from history.” Napoleon faced a disastrous outcome in 1812 and even Germany saw less than stellar results in World War I but Hitler insisted. As his army streamed into Russia in 1941 it was decided that perhaps the Fuehrer ha...
  • Brian
    Loves: HistoryLikes: Military/war novelsDislikes: Novels that ramble on about nothingHates: German literature I'm really not sure why I started this book since it's pretty much a big part of my Hates category, but I'm a sucker for history novels, whether they're based on actual history or fictional. Add to that my interest in WWII and that's how I ended up reading this behemoth (and yes, at a measly 400 pages, I would consider this a behemoth sin...
  • Homunculus
    Habe das beeindruckende Hörspiel von Gert Westphal gehört (sogar extra im DLF aufgenommen) :)
  • Norm
    this book is from 1948, and is an impressionistic view of the defeat of the German 6th (?) army in and around Stalingrad in the winter of 1942-43. It details the weaknesses, disorganization, and eventual disillusion and collapse of the soldiers, officers and general staff as the Russians encircled and crushed the Nazi forces. Interestingly, there is almost no description of actual combat in the book, especially if you don't count the harrowing de...
  • Ethan
    Intense, but really good. It's bizarre to think that I lived near and daily walked past where these events occurred. It made me think a lot more about the Nazi soldiers, and I think humanizing the lower ranks while also understanding how the larger Nazi war machine (and the politicians and military staff steering it) were so disconnected from the front and so easily disregarded the value of human lives are key to preventing white supremacy from g...
  • William Savage
    " If you think you have it bad, read history" Bill MaherA work of brutal beauty. At Stalingrad Hitler essentially sacrificed the German 6th Army of over 300,000 men. @00,000 died, of the rest taken prisoner fewer than 10,000 ever saw Germany again.Viewed through the eyes of the Germans, both generals and common soldiers the book graphically portrays the horrors faced. A damning indictment of the consequences of blind obedience.
  • David
    Novel written in 1946 by a German Communist who lived in Russia from 1933 to 1947. He interviewed Stalingrad survivors. Very graphic about suffering. Told from the German viewpoint. Much of the novel takes place in the areas outside the city, which we tend to forget about when thinking of the battle -- the mental picture usually is the room-to-room, floor-to-floor fighting in the city. But much of the fighting and suffering took place out in the ...
  • Clio
    "Have we so crushed them, so burned out their souls, that there is no spark left in them?"I have never read a book like this in my life - the story of the people that were overreached and the men that were abandoned. It is one of the greatest books I've read.
  • Oskar Westmeijer
    Brutal ehrlich - nichts für zarte Gemüter. Ernsthaft.
  • Hugh
    Necessarily grim. I mean GRIM, but I'd say give it a read.
  • Dick
    World War II, Russia