Barbara Masin’s gripping account of five boys who dare to challenge a murderous totalitarian dictatorship shows that committed individuals can prevail, even. Barbara Masin is the author of Gauntlet ( avg rating, 17 ratings, 3 reviews, published ) and Odkaz ( avg rating, 6 ratings, 0 reviews, publis. Masin, Barbara “As she was growing up, Barbara Masin heard parts of this story. Odkaz: pravdivý příběh bratři Mašinů by Barbara Masin(Book).

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The narrated events are transformed from the original first person narrations of the witnesses to impersonal narration. In the narrative discourse of Gauntlet there are two masij narrative voices. What ensued was the largest manhunt of the Cold War.

New Literary History, vol. Czechoslovakia, only recently liberated from the Nazi regime in part due to the heroic baebara of Joseph Masin, Sr. It was the only masjn in the GDR mentioning the story at all. Two brothers, Joseph Pepa and Radek Masin are entrusted with secret information about resistance forces within the country that would be prepared to liberate Czechoslovakia if the United States led an invasion, thus potentially changing the course of the Cold War.

The plot analysis of Gauntlet demonstrated that it perfectly fits into the category of romance. In Barbara and her father retraced the route of the escape all the way from the Czech border to West Berlin. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Dasha marked it as to-read Feb 07, AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally.

Barbara Masin tells the story of her family’s fight against dictatorship

Prior to their escape, they had formed the nucleus of an anti-Communist resistance group, inspired by the testament of celebrated World War II resistance leader, Czech general Josef Masin, father to two of the young men and grandfather to the author of this book. So few high school students know that Germany at one time was divided into East and West, that Czeckoslovakia was a unified country, odkxz that the Cold War was an all too intrusive part of many people’s lives.


This intense and amazing story is, without doubt, the greatest Cold war story ever told. Gauntlet brings to life a moment in history that seems to be forgotten, or never known, among today’s youth.

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Their bodies were not delivered to their families but buried in anonymous common graves. Let us suppose that the narrator of the historical work is not the real person who is actually writing it. Moravian Christmas — how different is it from that in Bohemia? Barbaar like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle?

Army Special Forces, then return to liberate their country. Her book places events in their historical context and analyzes the bitter present-day controversy surrounding the group’s actions, examining the larger question of barara making moral choices. Eager to learn more, she began to investigate. The complete form of the romance is clearly the succesful quest, and such a completed form has three main harbara Along with the development of their characters, this makes them seen more human.

My goal was to find answers to questions. Want to Read saving…. The characters, even in historical narratives, are thus incomplete entities and, just like fictional characters, they contain significant gaps.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Ota Rambousek — had been a political prisoner in Czechoslovakia. Although we do not yet know who is hiding underneath the pile of branches and why, we are intrigued and want to continue reading. Varbara helps you keep track of books you want to read.

The historical reality is changed into a monolithic plot which has a structure of romance. Aspects of the novel.


Forced to rely on a compass, the stars, and their unbelievable intuition, stamina, and courage, the five young men encounter unimaginable armed resistance from the Volkspolizie in the GDR East Germany during their nearly 30 day odyssey during October of These entities are not usually called by proper names forenames or surnames although their names are often known, but by their function in the state apparatus — a policeman, a militia man, an investigator etc.

Rik marked it as to-read Nov 01, In East Germany, Wolfgang Mittmann —policeman and true crime writer, rediscovered the manhunt in the 90s. Indeed, he was very supportive and encouraged the brothers’ actions. The Cambridge Introduction to Narrative.

Eager to learn more, she began to investigate. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Many of the troops were inexperienced young men who had joined the armed forces only weeks or months before. In the cold morning air sound carried far, and from their cramped hideout under a pile of dead branches they could hear the woods ringing with sharp bursts of automatic weapons fire p. The narrator does not offer their internal characterization, and there is no information concerning their lives or the possible motivations behind their actions.

Johnatan Cape, London As long as the GDR existed, files on the manhunt were top secret. After finding and losing the track of the refugees several times, more and more troops were ordered to support the manhunt. One person found this helpful.