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Zinky Boys

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

 
 
The haunting history of the Soviet-Afghan War from the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature 2015

- A new translation based on the updated text -

From 1979 to 1989 Soviet troops engaged in a devastating war in Afghanistan that claimed thousands of casualties on both sides. While the Soviet Union talked about a 'peace-keeping' mission, the dead were shipped back in sealed zinc coffins. Boys in Zinc presents the honest testimonies of soldiers, doctors and nurses, mothers, wives and siblings who describe the lasting effects of war. Weaving together their stories, Svetlana Alexievich shows us the truth of the Soviet-Afghan conflict: the killing and the beauty of small everyday moments, the shame of returned veterans, the worries of all those left behind. When it was first published in the USSR in 1991, Boys in Zinc sparked huge controversy for its unflinching, harrowing insight into the realities of war.

    

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Hardback Editions

October 1992 : USA Hardback
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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
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   


Paperback Editions

March 2017 : UK Paperback
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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
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September 1992 : USA Paperback
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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
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January 1992 : UK Paperback
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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
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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
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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   


April 2016 : Canada Audio edition
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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 CA   


Kindle Editions

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