When the Doves Disappeared

When the Doves Disappeared

Book - 2015
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From the internationally acclaimed author of Purge comes a chillingly suspenseful, deftly woven novel that opens up a little-known yet still controversial chapter of history: the occupation, resistance, and collaboration in Estonia during and after World War II.
Publisher: London, Atlantic Books,, 2015.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781782391258
Characteristics: 302 pages : map ; 21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Rogers, Lola - Translator

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Lotushead
Apr 08, 2018

A very bleak time in the history of Estonia.

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wyenotgo
Mar 09, 2016

Definitely not my cup of tea. Very bleak, dystopian, with no let-up as its dreary and hopeless narrative plays out. For these three main characters (as it is for Estonia itself) there is no way out. Any action a person could take to avoid being arrested, deported, tortured, murdered, whatever by the German invaders is sure to be seen later as collaboration by the Russians when they in turn take over. Only the craftiest and most unprincipled scoundrel (in this case the despicable Edgar) will survive and prosper under both regimes. It's a world so corrupt that one can only hope for some third party to descend upon it and destroy them all, the innocent (who cannot be saved anyway) along with the guilty (who should not be allowed to continue calling themselves human).
There are indications here of a talented writer. It's too bad that her grief over the tragic fate of her tiny, defenceless homeland has so darkened her outlook and caused her to deliver this angry book that reads very much like a confusing, tortured nightmare.

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John_M
Feb 03, 2016

an interesting description of Estonia under Russia and Germany. Assume that there is some validity to this description. Enjoyed the plot and writing.

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