Black Lamb and Grey Falcon

Black Lamb and Grey Falcon

A Journey Through Yugoslavia

Book - 1969
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Written on the brink of World War II, West's classic examination of the history, people, and politics of Yugoslavia illuminates a region that is once again the center of international concern. A magnificent blend of travel journal, cultural commentary, and historical insight, it probes into the troubled history of the Balkans and the uneasy relationships among its ethnic groups. The landscape and people of Yugoslavia are brilliantly observed as Rebecca West untangles the tensions that rule the country's history a well as its daily life."A masterpiece . . . as astonishing in its range, in the subtlety and power of its judgment, as it is brilliant in expression." -The London Times"Surely one of the great books of our century" -Diana Trilling
Publisher: [New York] : Penguin Books c1969.
ISBN: 9780140188479
Branch Call Number: 949.7024/WEST
Characteristics: 1181p. ; 20 cm.


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Aug 20, 2018

One of the most amazing books I've ever read.

Aug 27, 2015

A breathtaking book; it held my interest from beginning to end despite being over 1100 pages! This is surely the most exhaustive discussion and analysis of the Balkans I've ever encountered, exposing as it does both the ethnic complexities of the region and the root causes of its infamously persistent and often brutal internecine battles that have initiated several major wars. West is uncompromising in her denunciation of the evil roles that the surrounding nations, particularly the Austro-Hungarian, Turkish and Venetian imperial powers have played in oppressing the south Slavs and inciting the various clans toward violent, destructive internal conflict. Along the way, she explores the intricacies of cultural, linguistic and religious differences that pervade the former Yugoslavia. For example, she explains the difference between a Serb and a Serbian. West makes no attempt at "political correctness"; her bias toward the Serbian side of the struggles is out front, take it or leave it as the reader chooses.

diesellibrarian Jun 08, 2015

A mesmerizing account of the author's travels through the young country of Yugoslavia. West's keen observations on world history, politics, and religion move this out of the travelogue category and into the realm of a magnum opus. There's no questioning the genius of this work: at over 1,000 pages, it's incredibly dense with the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of the Balkan states, coloured by the looming spectre of Nazi Germany. One of the most rewarding books I've ever read.

Mar 21, 2013

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Jun 12, 2012

This book is over 1000 pages and always has holds on it so cannot be renewed. I suggest the library order another copy or two.


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