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The Unwomanly Face of War

(2017)
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A long-awaited English translation of the groundbreaking oral history of women in World War II across Europe and Russia - from the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature

"A landmark." - Timothy Snyder, author of On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century

A WASHINGTON POST NOTABLE BOOK

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 women - more than a million in total - were 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 women's stories. Together, this symphony of voices reveals a different aspect of the war - the 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.

"But why? I asked myself more than once. 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? They did not believe themselves. A whole world is hidden from us. Their war remains unknown . . . I want to write the history of that war. A women's history." - Svetlana Alexievich

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

"A monument to courage . . . It would be hard to find a book that feels more important or original. . . . [Alexievich's] achievement is as breathtaking as the experiences of these women are awe-inspiring." - The Guardian

"Magnificent . . . Alexievich charts an extraordinary event through intimate interviews with its ordinary witnesses." - The New York Times Book Review

    

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July 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: 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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April 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Unwomanly Face of War: An Oral History of Women in World War II
Author(s): Svetlana Alexievich
ISBN: 0-399-58874-4 / 978-0-399-58874-7 (USA edition)
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July 2017 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Unwomanly Face of War (Penguin Classics)
Author(s): Svetlana Alexievich
ISBN: 0-14-198352-3 / 978-0-14-198352-3 (UK edition)
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Audio Editions

November 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Unwomanly Face of War
Author(s): Svetlana Alexievich, Richard Pevear - translator, Larissa Volokhonsky - translator
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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November 2017 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Unwomanly Face of War
Author(s): Svetlana Alexievich, Richard Pevear - translator, Larissa Volokhonsky - translator
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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July 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Unwomanly Face of War: An Oral History of Women in World War II
Author(s): Svetlana Alexievich, Richard Pevear - translator, Larissa Volokhonsky - translator
Publisher: Random House Audio
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July 2017 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Unwomanly Face of War: An Oral History of Women in World War II
Author(s): Svetlana Alexievich, Richard Pevear - translator, Larissa Volokhonsky - translator
Publisher: Random House Audio
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July 2017 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Unwomanly Face of War (Penguin Classics)
Author(s): Svetlana Alexievich
Publisher: Penguin
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July 2017 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Unwomanly Face of War: An Oral History of Women in World War II
Author(s): Svetlana Alexievich
Publisher: Random House
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