"The Polish painter and writer Józef Czapski lived through almost the entire twentieth century as an exception to the rule. A pacifist who became a Polish army officer being deported to a Soviet prison camp in 1939, he was one of very few to survive the Katyn massacre perpetrated by Stalin's secret police the following year....He was both a patriot and a European in the deepest sense, with friends and family connections across the continent. In this year's centenary of independence regained, a new generation of Poles in a country at the crossroads must decide whether Czapski's vision will also be theirs." --Stanley Bill, Times Literary Supplement "Inhuman Land is a gripping and heartrending depiction of the Soviet Union at war in the years 1941-43. Equipped with a perfect knowledge of Russian, Józef Czapski was able to describe the USSR in all its cruel complexity, alert both to the brutality of Soviet power and the generosity of ordinary Russians. Here Czapski reveals himself as one of the great witnesses of the twentieth century." --Anka Muhlstein
A classic work of reportage about the Katyn Massacre during World War II by a soldier who narrowly escaped the atrocity himself.