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Peter BakerThe world long ago turned its gaze away, content that the big guns had been silenced and uninterested in peering beyond the illusion of stability that Vladimir Putin's government in Moscow presents. But Asne Seierstad forces us to look again, to confront the reality of a savage place, to recognize that a broken, brutalized people have only begun to figure out how deep the wounds really go…Seierstad has produced a masterly and much needed call to attention for the international community. In Nadia Christensen's translation, Seierstad displays the same literary style that distinguished The Bookseller of Kabul, a lyrical account of an Afghan family she lived with for several months in 2002…if there are few angels watching over the orphans of Grozny, at least they have someone to tell their stories.
—The New York Times