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The Red Horse by Eugenio Corti
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Studio: Ignatius Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.98" Width: 6.32" Height: 2.24" Weight: 2.97 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2003
Publisher Ignatius Press
ISBN 0898709342 ISBN13 9780898709346 UPC 008987093428
Availability 0 units.
More About Eugenio Corti
Eugenio Corti was born in Besana Brianza, Italy, in 1921. He marked his debut as a writer with Few Returned and went on to write major works of historical fiction. One of his most recent books has been published in English as The Red Horse.
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Magnificent but irritating Jan 16, 2006
The Red Horse is both magnificent and irritating. While I agree with much of the praise heaped on it by other reviewers and reading it was an extraordinary experience, I have two quibbles. Firstly, such a dreadful translation is an insult to what could be a truly great book (and undoubtedly is a great book, in Italian!) I would not expect a reputable publisher to bring out a work like this for the commercial market without giving the translator's name. Obviously this publisher is well aware that it was a botched job. Was it translated by the author? Why not tell us, then? We could have some sympathy, at least, with his efforts, though in my view, translations only work when done by native speakers. The English in this one is a bad joke, as other reviewers have amply pointed out. Or was it translated by a committee of impecunious Italian students, paid quickly to cobble together something that just might do? Forgive me if I'm wrong but that's what it reads like. Big mistake. A book that could be a twentieth century War and Peace and reach a huge international readership with its dramatic and, these days, unusual and important message, should be handled with a lot more care then this. It all suggests saving money and someone down the line who couldn't be bothered. It's better than not being translated at all, but what a shame. The other quibble is a minor one. Being a simple soul, I like tension in a plot. Why does Corti constantly spoil the story by telling us that so and so is about to die, has said goodbye to his/her village/friends/parents/girlfriend for the last time, etc etc. Even an author trying to put across a Great Moral Message needn't give the game away like this! It's especially glaring towards the end, when the unexpected death of a major character is deliberately signalled beforehand to remove any element of surprise. It had me shouting, "Spoilsport! He's done it again!" Once could have dramatic effect but several times? Oh no, please! But that, I assume, isn't the fault of the translator. And the book, for all its faults, was strong enough to make me care.
the red horse Jan 24, 2004
truly an eye opener of the brutal and cruel war waged in Russia and on the eastern front during WWII. Mans inhumanity at its worse. a holocaust that needs to be told. Godless man at his worse
Reads almost like Tolkien... May 2, 2003
This book had been recommended to me by friends and family members, but the length daunted me. Finally, I dove in and could not stop until I was finished. Corti's tale is first of all a GOOD STORY, all the more engaging because it is based on the author's own experiences. It then has the added benefit of illuminating our era from the vantage point a normal person from a small-town background who lived the darkest aspects of WWII and came out with is humanity intact - and strengthened! This book needs to be read by a wider public, so I offer the following critiques: - The translation is poor. Many of the Italian terms (including military terms) are translated poorly or not at all. The unnamed translater seems to show a lack of familiarity with colloquial Italian and how to render it intelligably into English; - I suggest the book be divided and sold as a trilogy - like "The Lord of the Rings" or "Kristin Lavransdatter". I think that would make it less intimidating. Despite the above flaws in the English edition, the book is a must read.
Chaste soldiers Dec 6, 2002
In addition to agreeing with the compliments of other reviewers, let me add this: Most war books either depict unchaste soldiers or just don't have any sex. Corti, on the other hand, writes about chaste soldiers, chaste students, and husbands who keep their marriage vows. Apparantly, this was not uncommon in the northern part of Italy where he grew up in the 1920s and 30s. Amazing. And inspiring!!
An Unforgettable Lesson Nov 12, 2002
I'm writing this on Veterans' Day, when we stop to remember the suffering and heroism of those who have fought for our country. I'm a veteran, but I never saw combat. Those of us who have not experienced combat need to know what it is like, so that we will work for peace.
The Red Horse will let you experience the horror of war so you will never forget it, but with an especially tragic twist. It is the story of the suffering and heroism of Italian soldiers fighting on the wrong side. That makes its impact all the greater. We need to feel that impact, so we will hate war. The author makes a further point: the Italian, German and Russian people were civilized people like ourselves, but they allowed their countries to be taken over by people with an utter contempt for the value of their fellow human beings. He lumps the Nazis, Bolsheviks and Fascists together as socialists, but contempt for human life and human rights are found in many philosophies in America as well as Italy.