The Unwomanly Face of War: An Oral History of Women in World War II

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Random House Publishing Group, 25 .. 2017 - 384 ˹
A long-awaited English translation of the groundbreaking oral history of women in World War II across Europe and Russiafrom the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature

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For more than three decades, Svetlana Alexievich has been the memory and conscience of the twentieth century. When the Swedish Academy awarded her the Nobel Prize, it cited her invention of a new kind of literary genre, describing her work as a history of emotions . . . a history of the soul.

In The Unwomanly Face of War, Alexievich chronicles the experiences of the Soviet women who fought on the front lines, on the home front, and in the occupied territories. These womenmore than a million in totalwere nurses and doctors, pilots, tank drivers, machine-gunners, and snipers. They battled alongside men, and yet, after the victory, their efforts and sacrifices were forgotten.

Alexievich traveled thousands of miles and visited more than a hundred towns to record these womens stories. Together, this symphony of voices reveals a different aspect of the warthe everyday details of life in combat left out of the official histories.

Translated by the renowned Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, The Unwomanly Face of War is a powerful and poignant account of the central conflict of the twentieth century, a kaleidoscopic portrait of the human side of war.

THE WINNER OF THE NOBEL PRIZE IN LITERATURE
for her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time.

A landmark.Timothy Snyder, author ofOn Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century

An astonishing book, harrowing and life-affirming . . . It deserves the widest possible readership.Paula Hawkins, author ofThe Girl on the Train

Alexievich has gained probably the worlds deepest, most eloquent understanding of the post-Soviet condition. . . . [She] has consistently chronicled that which has been intentionally forgotten.Masha Gessen,National Book Awardwinning author ofThe Future Is History
 

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A whole lot of war stories from the points of view of some of the million frontline female Soviet World War 2 veterans. Many of the stories brought tears to my eyes. ҹԴ繩Ѻ

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The book I read was the edition entitled "The Unwomanly Face of War". I can find it in the database but can't get it to enter here. I'm assuming it's the same book in a different edition. This was an ... ҹԴ繩Ѻ

GROW UP GIRLS YOURE STILL GREEN
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ALONE CAME BACK TO MAMA
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TWO WARS LIVE IN Our HOUSE
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THEY AWARDED US LITTLE MEDALS
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IT WASNT ME
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I REMEMBER THOSE EYES EVEN NOW
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we DiDNT SHOOT
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THEY NEEDED SOLDIERS BUT WE ALSO
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YOUNG LADIESI DO YOU KNOW THE COMMANDER
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TO SEE HIM JUST ONCE
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ABOUT TINY POTATOES
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Svetlana Alexievich was born in Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine, 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 nonfiction genre, which gathers a chorus of voices to describe a specific historical moment. Her works include The Unwomanly Face of War (1985), Last Witnesses (1985), Zinky Boys (1990), Voices from Chernobyl (1997), and Secondhand 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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