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The Resource The Unwomanly Face of War, Svetlana Alexievich; Translated by Richard Pevear, Larissa Volokhonsky

The Unwomanly Face of War, Svetlana Alexievich; Translated by Richard Pevear, Larissa Volokhonsky

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The Unwomanly Face of War
Title
The Unwomanly Face of War
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Svetlana Alexievich; Translated by Richard Pevear, Larissa Volokhonsky
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  • eng
  • rus
  • eng
Summary
A landmark in the study of female soldiers... Alexievich's method is the close interrogation of the past through the collection of individual voices; patient in overcoming cliche, attentive to the unexpected, and restrained in exposition, her writing reaches those far beyond her own experiences and preoccupations, far beyond her generation, and far beyond the lands of the former Soviet Union -- Timothy Snyder, author of On Tyranny Alexievich's artistry has raised oral history to a totally different dimension. It is no wonder that her brilliant obsession with what Vasily Grossman called "the brutal truth of war" was suppressed for so long by Soviet censors, because her unprecedented pen portraits and interviews reveal the face of war hidden by propaganda -- Antony Beevor Alexievich serves no ideology, only an ideal: to listen closely enough to the ordinary voices of her time to orchestrate them into extraordinary books -- Philip Gourevitch * New Yorker * Alexievich has become one of my heroes -- Atul Gawande Astonishing... A profoundly humbling, devastating book, it should be compulsory reading for anyone wishing to understand the experience of the war and its haunting legacy in the former Soviet Union -- Daniel Beer * Literary Review * As with her other books, terrifying documentation meets great artfulness of construction -- Julian Barnes * Guardian (Summer Reading) *
Biographical or historical data
Svetlana Alexievich was born in Ivano-Frankivsk in 1948 and has spent most of her life in the Soviet Union and present-day Belarus, with prolonged periods of exile in Western Europe. Starting out as a journalist, she developed her own non-fiction genre which brings together a chorus of voices to describe a specific historical moment. Her works include The Unwomanly Face of War (1985), Last Witnesses (1985), Boys in Zinc (1991), Chernobyl Prayer (1997) and Second-Hand Time (2013). She has won many international awards, including the 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature for "her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time".
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Alexievich, Svetlana
Dewey number
940.530820947
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no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Pevear, Richard
  • Volokhonsky, Larissa
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  • World War, 1939-1945
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Women and war
  • Social & cultural history
  • Second World War
  • Gender studies: women
  • European history
  • History
  • Oral history
  • Second World War
  • Social & cultural history
  • Marxism & Communism
Summary expansion
*BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week*The long-awaited translation of the classic oral history of Soviet women's experiences in the Second World War - from the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature"Why, having stood up for and held their own place in a once absolutely male world, have women not stood up for their history? Their words and feelings? A whole world is hidden from us. Their war remains unknown... I want to write the history of that war. A women's history."In the late 1970s, Svetlana Alexievich set out to write her first book, The Unwomanly Face of War, when she realized that she grew up surrounded by women who had fought in the Second World War but whose stories were absent from official narratives. Travelling thousands of miles, she spent years interviewing hundreds of Soviet women - captains, tank drivers, snipers, pilots, nurses and doctors - who had experienced the war on the front lines, on the home front and in occupied territories. As it brings to light their most harrowing memories, this symphony of voices reveals a different side of war, a new range of feelings, smells and colours.After completing the manuscript in 1983, Alexievich was not allowed to publish it because it went against the state-sanctioned history of the war. With the dawn of Perestroika, a heavily censored edition came out in 1985 and it became a huge bestseller in the Soviet Union - the first in five books that have established her as the conscience of the twentieth century.'As with her other books, terrifying documentation meets great artfulness of construction' Julian Barnes, Guardian'Alexievich's artistry has raised oral history to a totally different dimension' Antony Beevor'Alexievich serves no ideology, only an ideal: to listen closely enough to the ordinary voices of her time to orchestrate them into extraordinary books' Philip Gourevitch, New Yorker
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general
Label
The Unwomanly Face of War, Svetlana Alexievich; Translated by Richard Pevear, Larissa Volokhonsky
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Publication
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  • Paperback
  • Originally published in: 2017
Control code
9780141983523
Dimensions
21x14x3 cm.
Extent
384 p.
Isbn
9780141983523
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(pbk.)
Other control number
9780141983523
Specific material designation
regular print
Label
The Unwomanly Face of War, Svetlana Alexievich; Translated by Richard Pevear, Larissa Volokhonsky
Publication
Note
  • Paperback
  • Originally published in: 2017
Control code
9780141983523
Dimensions
21x14x3 cm.
Extent
384 p.
Isbn
9780141983523
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Other control number
9780141983523
Specific material designation
regular print

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