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  • Paperback
  • 146 pages
  • Hunger
  • Elise Blackwell
  • English
  • 01 August 2019
  • 193296150X

Hunger➤ [Epub] ➞ Hunger By Elise Blackwell ➮ – Essayreview.co.uk Scouring the world s most remote fields and valleys, a dedicated Soviet scientist has spent his life collecting rare plants for his country s premiere botanical institute in Leningrad From Northern Af Scouring the world s most remote fields and valleys, a dedicated Soviet scientist has spent his life collecting rare plants for his country s premiere botanical institute in Leningrad From Northern Africa to Afghanistan, from South America to Abyssinia, he has sought and saved seeds that could be traced back to the most ancient civilizations And the adventure has set deep in him Even at home with the wife he loves, the memories of his travels return him to the beautiful women and strange foods he has known in exotic regionsWhen German troops surround Leningrad in the fall of , he becomes a captive in the siege As food supplies dwindle, residents eat the bark of trees, barter all they own for flour, and trade sex for food In the darkest winter hours of the siege, the institute s scientists make a pact to leave untouched the precious storehouse of seeds that they believe is the country s future But such a promise becomes difficult to keep when Hunger is grows undeniableBased on true events from World War II, Hunger is a private story about a man wrestling with his own morality This beautiful debut novel ask us what is the meaning of integrity.


About the Author: Elise Blackwell

Elise Blackwell is the author of three novels Hunger, The Unnatural History of Cypress Parish, and Grub Originally from southern Louisiana, she has lived all over the country and currently teaches at the University of South Carolina.


10 thoughts on “Hunger

  1. says:

    Reading the reviews of this book makes me really sad A lot of people seem to be doling out stars on the basis of whether or not they liked the narrator s personality People, this is a book, not a popularity contest Authors often use unreliable or even unlikable narrators to make points about love, empathy or the lack thereof , honesty, and our fundamentally irrational ways of being in the world You are supposed to read it with skepticism, tolerance, and imagination I think a lot of the peo Reading the reviews of this book makes me really sad A lot of people seem to be doling out stars on the basis of whether or not they liked the narrator s personality People, this is a book, not a popularity contest Authors often use unreliable or even unlikable narrators to make points about love, empathy or the lack thereof , honesty, and our fundamentally irrational ways of being in the world You are supposed to read it with skepticism, tolerance, and imagination I think a lot of the people who didn t like this book wanted a nice, uplifting tale of nobility and suffering during wartime Yes, many of the scientists at the Vavrilov Institute starved to death within feet of the very seeds that could have saved their lives And Blackwell s book makes that very, very clear But one of her points and she makes it beautifully, subtly, and unforgettably is that none of us know what we will do to survive.To the haters If you want some nicey nice, go have a long chat with your BFF Or better yet, read Eat, Pray, Love But don t look for sugar coated redemption in a novel about the Siege of Leningrad

  2. says:

    such a lovely retrospective narrator oh, god, the ending I read it once, then read it out loud, amazed such restraint could evoke such powerful emotion wonderfully moving.

  3. says:

    Leningrad is surrounded by German troops There is no way to get food in The people of the city are starving, and in their desperation, they find themselves eating insects, dirt, bark, anything that will provide any sort of food to themselves and their hungry children.A scientist works at a research facility in the city, where seeds and plants from all over the world have been kept for study How will he and others face this challenge This is a novel set amid the horrors of the Siege of Leningr Leningrad is surrounded by German troops There is no way to get food in The people of the city are starving, and in their desperation, they find themselves eating insects, dirt, bark, anything that will provide any sort of food to themselves and their hungry children.A scientist works at a research facility in the city, where seeds and plants from all over the world have been kept for study How will he and others face this challenge This is a novel set amid the horrors of the Siege of Leningrad

  4. says:

    I would have given this book a minus 1 star if we had this rating option And there are the reasons for my harsh judgment First of all, for the topics that book attempted to cover or, touch upon rather persecution of scientists in the 1940s and beyond, the 900 days blockade of Leningrad during the WWII the form of a novella is an inappropriate form in my option I agree with Kathy who made a comment that it was a slice of life book, however this is not the slice to be taken by the au I would have given this book a minus 1 star if we had this rating option And there are the reasons for my harsh judgment First of all, for the topics that book attempted to cover or, touch upon rather persecution of scientists in the 1940s and beyond, the 900 days blockade of Leningrad during the WWII the form of a novella is an inappropriate form in my option I agree with Kathy who made a comment that it was a slice of life book, however this is not the slice to be taken by the author in the form of a novella The events were too significant to very person who lived through this history and to many generations of Russians, too sensitive and too grand to approach them by a short vignette of a book I completely agree with my fellow forum readers the the voice of the author did not ring true There were so many errors and inaccuracies in the book that I felt the author not only never set foot to Russian land, but also never even tried to engage in conversation with a Russian person to get to know a littleabout the country, its history, its people Unlike an amazing book that I ve just finished reading by an Australian writer Anna Funder who wrote a stunning collection of personal histories about the Berlin Wall and the operations of Stasi surveillance I had a look at the list of references at the end of the book and it was not a very extensive list by any stretch of imagination Even if you don t read in Russian, there are so many amazing books and records written on this topic in English.I completely agree with people who commented on the fact that if you don t know a bit of background to the events that took place leading to the prosecution of the scientists during the 40s and into the 50s, you will feel lost I was fortunately to have read a few wonderful books that appreared as soon as Russia opened up to democracy in early 90s and so many great books flooded the bookstores of Moscow One such book was a book by Vladimir Dudintsev White Clothes It is a ficitonalised account of the Soviet geneticists and their difficult task of not only working on new ideas in science of botany and seeds management, but also find the ways to educate people without getting prosecuted by the Stalinist state Unfortunately, I didn t find the translation of this book into English to recommend to you to read, maybe somebody can undertake translating it to make it available to wider audiences There is also a book by a collective of authors Leningrad under Siege First hand Accounts of the Ordeal by Ales Adamovich, Daniil Granin, Clare Burstall Translator , Vladimir Kisselnikov Translator that presents an amazing account of people who lived through that horrific and tremendous event A very disturbibg and yet a very worthwhile reading And finally, the book written by a Russian emigrant writer Paulina Simmons The Bronze Horseman even though some of you may not like the romance writing of this author, the way she portrayed the Siege of Leningrad through the eyes of her character Tatiana is truly heartbreaking and very very believable There is also a non fiction book written by a journalist Peter Pringle I haven t read it, I only read the interview with the author called The Murder of Nikolay Vavilov an account of life and persecutions of this great Soviet era scientist A fewcomments about Elise Blackwell s book The narrative itself is sketchy, jumpy and disjoint The parallels with the Babylon state that is presented throughout the book does not feel right or even meaningful it felt pompous and fake to me I can t agreewith those of you who commented on the unpleasant character of the narrator promiscuous, womanizing, cowardly and self indulgent man whose contribution to science remains completely unknown I also found it quite annoying that the author allowed him to help himself to the grains from the collection of grains of what I assume was the selection fund of the National Institute of the Plants Samples whereas the actual events show that 28 scientists who worked for the institutes at that time and remained in the besieged Leningrad every single one of them died of starvation during the siege but touched not a single grain from the precious fund This truly heroic dead helped restoring the Soviet agriculture in the difficult post war years So, why did the author feel the need of falsifying the events, even if only for the sake of her fictional story Rarely do I feel so strongly about the book, I usually put my first thoughts and impressions to the paper, and then tone them down, and then tone them down even further and then try to find merits of every book I read, however this book left me full of indignation because of such insensitive, artless and incompetent way the author dealt with the topics and because of the way she made these topics incredibly obscure and confusing to the non Russian readers

  5. says:

    A Novella To Appreciate PeaceIt was tough to express sympathy to those victims of the Siege of Leningrad without doing additional research.I ve recently learned that a Leningrad is the previous name of St Petersburg, it may not be the Capital of Russian Federation, but it is their naval base b The geography of St Petersburg is landlocked by other capitols, and their only opening is the Neva River on the Baltic Sea where the Baltic Fleet is on defense.c The seige tookthan 800 days, A Novella To Appreciate PeaceIt was tough to express sympathy to those victims of the Siege of Leningrad without doing additional research.I ve recently learned that a Leningrad is the previous name of St Petersburg, it may not be the Capital of Russian Federation, but it is their naval base b The geography of St Petersburg is landlocked by other capitols, and their only opening is the Neva River on the Baltic Sea where the Baltic Fleet is on defense.c The seige tookthan 800 days, with the only aim is annihilation.With these snippet of facts, before reading the book, the siege would give you curiosity, and yes, additional information to appreciate While reading along, the book gives soul, since the story of the siege is told in a first perspective view of the botanist After closing the book, I was a bit disappointed that tears did not come to me, but I heaved a deep sigh and appreciated that I was not part of that world I was born after the revolution here in Manila a nonviolent one and that is why I am grateful that I live in a peaceful place

  6. says:

    I have a weakness for small, beautiful, matte paper hardback books While I m reading them I can t stop smoothing my fingers over the cover paper Sometimes my husband asks if the book and I would like to be alone.The prose is spare and somehow cold in this book Reading it feels somehow akin to walking through the frigid, snow dusted squares of a Russian city It makes you feel cold and sad and hungry.The unnamed narrator is a scientist who collects plants and seeds to be stored safely and kept I have a weakness for small, beautiful, matte paper hardback books While I m reading them I can t stop smoothing my fingers over the cover paper Sometimes my husband asks if the book and I would like to be alone.The prose is spare and somehow cold in this book Reading it feels somehow akin to walking through the frigid, snow dusted squares of a Russian city It makes you feel cold and sad and hungry.The unnamed narrator is a scientist who collects plants and seeds to be stored safely and kept for posterity at the Research Institute of Plant Industry in Leningrad His wife and mistress both work at the Institute as well The novel concerns the siege of Leningrad by German troops in 1941, when food becomes so scarce that people are reduced to unthinkable measures in order to stay alive.The narrator does not present himself as a man beyond reproach, which makes the story chillingly realistic He details ways in which he acted both with bravery and cowardice throughout the hunger winter and admits without melodrama that he raided the stores of grains and rice which he was entrusted with protecting in order not to starve to death The image of him chewing on hard rice kernels with his malnutrition loosened teeth is viscerally distrubing He also describes notice boards where people offer to trade work, heirlooms, bodies and souls for foods The bravery to survive is a ruthless one Martyrdom leads, by its very definition, only to the cold ground.The story is full of potent images, such as the trees in the city stripped of bark for a dubious food source, so that they are naked and skeletal There are heartening stories of tremendous sacrifice and honour but also many which demonstrate, as the narrator believes, that deprivation debasesoften than it ennobles This is a story that provokes thought on the essential issues of what makes us human, and how little hardship is needed to strip away the veneer of civilization and reduce us to our basest instincts Reading it in a place where food is readily available and easily wasted was an uncomfortable but rewarding experience

  7. says:

    For all of Blackwell s descriptions of rare fronds and botanical advances, I m glad to say Hunger is every bit as organic as it ought to be I hesitate to call it a novella though it racks in at 129 pages of prose, the text is large and the margins are wide The reader is privy to snatches of place and time via the wide ruminations of an aging, unnamed botanist who survived the blockade of Leningrad There isn t much time for character development but rather character devolution during th For all of Blackwell s descriptions of rare fronds and botanical advances, I m glad to say Hunger is every bit as organic as it ought to be I hesitate to call it a novella though it racks in at 129 pages of prose, the text is large and the margins are wide The reader is privy to snatches of place and time via the wide ruminations of an aging, unnamed botanist who survived the blockade of Leningrad There isn t much time for character development but rather character devolution during this particular tragedy.To be honest, it reminds me of a hillside of aspen Each tree is connected to thousands of others, which is why they change color as a unit I ve watched this singular transformation both close up and from a distance i.e my back door in Santa Fe for the past seven years, and have always been awestruck Now, living several hundred miles away, I m drawn to recall the later days of October when the aspen turn brown and lose their leaves It s generally just before the first snowfall, though for at least a few days, one is left staring at a barren forest.Blackwell s story moves like this Leningrad Babylon Nicaragua New York starvation sex feasts war desire fruit theft sex starvation Ethiopia Asia Minor Leningrad Here s one orange aspen, but then, looking again, here s a brown hillside In other words, each element is connected to each other element, leaving only the whole bloody, blooming mass of human and agricultural history It s a lot of pomp for such a little volume, but it flows like a poem, and mood fortifies where characters do not Actually, there werethan a few times I read and reread a certain passage in hope of gleaning Blackwell s writerly secret I m not sure I succeeded, but I certainly shelved Hunger withthan my fair share of pilfered seed money

  8. says:

    Elise Blackwell offers a fictional account of the scientists who saved seeds, grains, and potatoes at the Vavilov Institute while they were starving during the Siege of Leningrad It is a trim little book of short, evocative passages as the unnamed and morally questionable scientist narrator veers between the slow starvation of the siege to his various appetites, as he remembers both meals and women from his past It was well worth reading and will likely spur readers to find outabout the Elise Blackwell offers a fictional account of the scientists who saved seeds, grains, and potatoes at the Vavilov Institute while they were starving during the Siege of Leningrad It is a trim little book of short, evocative passages as the unnamed and morally questionable scientist narrator veers between the slow starvation of the siege to his various appetites, as he remembers both meals and women from his past It was well worth reading and will likely spur readers to find outabout the Siege of Leningrad or pick up a botany book Reading it while hungry is not recommended

  9. says:

    I liked the book, but the beginning felt as if a big reveal would come It was not as earth shattering as I was expecting it to be, so it felt disappointing The topic is fascinating and makes you want to learnabout the seige of Leningrad.

  10. says:

    The Soviet Union s premier botanical institute is the setting for this rather peculiar novel about Leningrad under blockade from German forces in 1941, though the focus ison the experience and memories of an unnamed protagonist as he, his wife and his colleagues struggle to deal with the ideological extremes of Stalin s totalitarianism and Trofim Lysenko s disastrous collectivisation of Soviet agriculture as their nation starves In spite of the hardships in the worst times of the hunger The Soviet Union s premier botanical institute is the setting for this rather peculiar novel about Leningrad under blockade from German forces in 1941, though the focus ison the experience and memories of an unnamed protagonist as he, his wife and his colleagues struggle to deal with the ideological extremes of Stalin s totalitarianism and Trofim Lysenko s disastrous collectivisation of Soviet agriculture as their nation starves In spite of the hardships in the worst times of the hunger winter , the scientists have made a pact no matter how bad conditions become they will protect their precious cache of seeds that will be their gift to the country s future The unnamed narrator is a scientist who has already made various travels to remote places around the world, and the book s triangular balance is between these memories, his experience of the Seige of Leningrad and assorted sexual reminiscences He comes across as a particularly unlikeable person with both a bottomless pit of personal vanity and a considerable amount of emotional detachment from the suffering, prefering to recall his appetite for sexual infidelity or at least try to make sense of it in the context of the hunger he witnesses around him.Despite this being her first novel Elise Blackwell has something of a literary pedigree, but quite why she chose this setting to make some existential points about hunger, appetite and remorse in this particular way was, while reading, largely beyond me, though when seen instead as a long parable about temptation and forbidden fruit it tends to make muchsense Hunger may have been selected by the L.A Times as a Notable Book of 2003, but this wasn t quite the notable book I was expecting disturbing and curious, I would have preferred a novel lighter on the existentialism and heavier on the real world subject matter itself

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