1947 by Elisabeth Åsbrink

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34355164I received the copy on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The book is a wonderful, if short, summary of one of the important years in history, 1947. I had no idea all of that happened in 1947, and I have seen so many issues in there that were still popular today, the most notable being the Palestine question.

The book goes month-by-month, switching locations, switching the famous people it focuses on, and summarises their achievements. From the person who coined the word ‘genocide’ and his struggle with getting the word to be recognized and used, to Nuremberg trials, to Simone de Beauvoir and George Orwell, to Christian Dior.

The location switching is swift and the description of people never go too deep, but it is still easy to understand. It is, as said, pretty short summary, never going in too deep (if it did, it would have multiple volumes and would be reeeeeeaaaaally long as it seems so many different, yet in different ways important events, happened.

I liked how it varied from hard political questions and struggles to, in comparison to that, relatively unimportant fashion icons (although I suppose they did have some kind of influence).

What I found ‘funny’ was how to council thought they could solve the question of Palestine in a few months. Looking at it from 71 years later, it seems so optimistic. The mentions of Marshall’s Aid because my grandfather was one of the people who got it. He still remembers the food that was included in and what it meant for the people at the time.

There is a slight personal story in the book, but to be honest, it did focus more on the other events.

The book has a very poetic style, and I did not know that it was classified as non-fiction. I guess it is on that border between non-fiction and fiction.


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