Boys in Zinc
by Svetlana Alexievich, Andrew Bromfield
Editor: Penguin Books Ltd
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“The least well known of wonderful writer I have ever met’ – Jenni Murray, BBC Radio 4 Women’s Hour of Alexievich art raised oral history to a totally different dimension’ – Antony Beevor Hantise’s stories from the Soviets to Afghan War since the Nobel Prize Winner Literature – A new translation based on the revised version of the text From 1979 to 1989, the textWhile the Soviet Union spoke of “peacekeeping the mission, the dead were shipped in zinc coffinsThe Boys in Zinc presents the sincerity of testimonies from soldiers, doctors and nurses, mothers, wives and siblings who describe the lasting effects of war.Weaving together their stories, Svetlana Alexievich shows us the truth of the Soviets in Afghanistan conflict: the murder and beauty of small everyday moments, the shame of returning veterans, the concerns of all those who are behindWhen it was first published in the USSR in 1991, the Zinc Boys sparked a huge polemic for its unfailing, anxious to better understand the realities of warfare
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