Sword and Plowshare

by Arthur Grenke



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 11/19/2014

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 498
ISBN : 9781412020756
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 498
ISBN : 9781490739991
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 498
ISBN : 9781490740003

About the Book

My general impression is best expressed by stating how I was struck by the intensity of this report on the most difficult years in the history of mankind. Stories I heard of and I knew of all my childhood, which I seemed to have forgotten or which were pushed away in my memory, came to life once again.

There are magnificent descriptions of nature and discreet observations of human feelings… The colorful language does a lot to make the horrors which have to be reported bearable.

Renata Kartsaklis,
Ph.D., Librarian, Dalhousie University

Depicting the tragic Russian era from the First World War and the Bolshevik Revolution, through to the man-made Ukrainian famine of the thirties and World War Two, Sword and Plowshare is a powerful historical novel that dramatically portrays the emotional intensity of its victimized German-Russian characters. The realism of the story combines a command of authentic details and a profusion of metaphorical style not always found in historical novels. The war scenes are gripping and the lengthy section on the horrendous famine is shocking in its realistic portrayal. The novel’s narrative tension never wavers, but the bleak historical events are not allowed to overpower or to make irrelevant the all-too-human feelings of fear, despair, hatred, hope and love expressed by these German-Russian victims who finally flee to war-torn Germany, only to face further threats to their lives. This is a novel that will relentlessly grip the reader.

Al Reimer
Professor Emeritus, Dept. of English, University of Winnipeg

About the Author

Arthur Grenke has his PhD in History and Sociology. His histories of genocide and holocaust are available in university libraries world wide. Both his academic training and research convinced him that, ultimately, the historical experience is not the experience of millions, but rather is life lived by each individual in his or her time and place. In Sword and Plowshare, Grenke records the history of three individuals as they sought love and happiness during one of the most violent periods of European history.