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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
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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
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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
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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
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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