The Unwomanly Face of War

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Description

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.

Dettagli

Anno

Pagine

384

Rilegatura

Brossura con copertina morbida

Lingua

Inglese

Formato

19×22 cm

Titolo originale

У войны не женское лицо

Traduttrice/Traduttore

Larissa Volokhonsky, Richard Pevear

Author

ALEKSIEVIC SVETLANA

Editore

PENGUIN BOOKS