The Unwomanly Face of War
by Svetlana Alexievich, Richard Pevear, Larissa Volokhonsky
Editor: Penguin Books Ltd
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TIME, TELEGRAPHY, KUTTER, OBSERVER and ECONOMIC BOOKS 2017 A to read ” – Margaret Atwood’ Extraordinaryit would be difficult to find a book that feels most important or original’ – Viv Groskop, ObserverThe long-awaited translation of the classic Soviet oral history, the experiences of women in the Second World War, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature”Why, after resisting and holding their place once absolutely male world, did not women defend their history?Their words and feelingsA whole world has been hiding from us.Their war remains unknownI want to write the history of this war.A history of women”In the late 1970s, Svetlana Alexievich wrote her first book, Men Facing the War, when she realized that she had grown up surrounded by women who fought in the Second World War, but whose stories were absent from official accounts.Travelling thousands of kilometers, she spent years interviewing hundreds of Soviet women – captains, tank drivers, snipers, pilots, nurses and doctors – who had experienced war on the front lines, at the front lines and in occupied territories.As it brings to light their most painful memories, this symphony of voices reveals another facet of the war, a new range of sensations, smells and colours.After completing the manuscript in 1983, Alexievich was not allowed to publish it because he went against the state sanctioned by the history of war.At the dawn of the Perestroika, is heavily censored edition appeared in 1985 and it became a huge bestseller of the Soviet Union, the first in five books that established as the consciousness of the twentieth century
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