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The Unwomanly Face of War

(2017)
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'Extraordinary. . . it would be hard to find a book that feels more important or original' - Viv Groskop, Observer*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.

 
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Hardback Editions

July 2017 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: The Unwomanly Face of War: An Oral History of Women in World War II
Author(s): Svetlana Alexievich
ISBN: 0-399-58872-8 / 978-0-399-58872-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House
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Paperback Editions

July 2017 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: The Unwomanly Face of War (Penguin Classics)
Author(s): Svetlana Alexievich
ISBN: 0-14-198352-3 / 978-0-14-198352-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Classics
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Kindle Editions

July 2017 : UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The Unwomanly Face of War (Penguin Classics)
Author(s): Svetlana Alexievich
Publisher: Penguin Classics
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July 2017 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The Unwomanly Face of War: An Oral History of Women in World War II
Author(s): Svetlana Alexievich
Publisher: Random House
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


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