UNWOMANLY FACE OF WAR


UNWOMANLY FACE OF WAR

SVETLANA ALEXIEVICH    Book Number: 86175    Product format: Hardback

An oral history of women in the Second World War by the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature. For more than three decades, Svetlana Alexievich has been the memory and conscience of the 20th century. This long-awaited English translation of her first book from 1985 is a groundbreaking oral history of the experiences of women across Europe and Russia. She chronicles the experiences of Soviet women who fought on the front lines, on the home front, and in the occupied territories. More than a million in total, they were nurses and doctors, pilots, tank drivers, machine-gunners and snipers who battled alongside men, and yet after the victory, their efforts and sacrifices were forgotten. Alexievich travelled thousands of miles and visited more than a hundred towns to record these women's stories and together this symphony of voices reveals the everyday details of life in combat, left out of the official histories. Her method is close interrogation of the past, attentive to the unexpected, tales of those who killed and got killed but still look at the shattered world around them from a feminine perspective, focussing on human suffering. This book has the quality of a documentary film on paper, written with great style and authority and an eloquent understanding of the post-Soviet condition. Many of them come at the confessional table of Russian apartments. Chapters include Of the Smell of Fear and A Suitcase of Candy, Of Dolls and Rifles, Of Death and Astonishment in the Face of Death, Of Special 'K' Soap and the Guardhouse and Of the Loneliness of a Bullet and a Human Being. 331pp.
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ISBN 9780399588723
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