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Zinky Boys

Zinky Boys

(1992)
Soviet Voices from the Afghanistan War
(Boys in Zinc)
A non fiction book by

 
Winner of the Nobel Prize: "For her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time." (Swedish Academy, Nobel Prize citation)

From 1979 to 1989 a million Soviet troops engaged in a devastating war in Afghanistan that claimed 50,000 casualties - and the youth and humanity of many tens of thousands more. Creating controversy and outrage when it was first published in the USSR - it was called by reviewers there a "slanderous piece of fantasy" and part of a "hysterical chorus of malign attacks" - Zinky Boys presents the candid and affecting testimony of the officers and grunts, nurses and prostitutes, mothers, sons, and daughters who describe the war and its lasting effects. What emerges is a story that is shocking in its brutality and revelatory in its similarities to the American experience in Vietnam. The Soviet dead were shipped back in sealed zinc coffins (hence the term "Zinky Boys"), while the state denied the very existence of the conflict. Svetlana Alexievich brings us the truth of the Soviet-Afghan War: the beauty of the country and the savage Army bullying, the killing and the mutilation, the profusion of Western goods, the shame and shattered lives of returned veterans. Zinky Boys offers a unique, harrowing, and unforgettably powerful insight into the realities of war. The introduction has been omitted due to rights issues.

 
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Hardback Editions

October 1992 : USA Hardback
Title: Zinky Boys: Soviet Voices from the Afghanistan War
Author(s): Svetlana Alexievich, Julia Whitby
ISBN: 0-393-03415-1 / 978-0-393-03415-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
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Paperback Editions

March 2017 : UK Paperback
Title: Boys in Zinc (Penguin Modern Classics)
Author(s): Svetlana Alexievich
ISBN: 0-241-26411-1 / 978-0-241-26411-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Availability: Amazon UK   

September 1992 : USA Paperback
Title: Zinky Boys: Soviet Voices from the Afghanistan War
Author(s): Svetlana Alexievich
ISBN: 0-393-33686-7 / 978-0-393-33686-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

January 1992 : UK Paperback
Title: Zinky Boys: Record of a Lost Soviet Generation
Author(s): Svetlana Alexievich
ISBN: 0-7011-3838-6 / 978-0-7011-3838-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chatto & Windus
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Audio Editions

September 2016 : MP3 CD
Title: Zinky Boys: Soviet Voices from the Afghanistan War
Author(s): Svetlana Alexievich
ISBN: 1-5318-7336-7 / 978-1-5318-7336-3
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   

April 2016 : USA Audio edition
Title: Zinky Boys: Soviet Voices from the Afghanistan War
Author(s): Svetlana Alexievich, Julia Whitby - translator, Robin Whitby - translator, Larry Heinemann - introduction
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon   

Kindle Editions

March 2017 : UK Kindle edition
Title: Boys in Zinc (Penguin Modern Classics)
Author(s): Svetlana Alexievich
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Availability: Amazon UK   



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