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THE TIMES, TELEGRAPH, GUARDIAN, OBSERVER and ECONOMIST BOOKS OF THE YEAR 2017 A must read Margaret Atwood Extraordinary it would be hard to find a book that feels important or original Viv Groskop, ObserverThe 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....

Title : The Unwomanly Face of War (Penguin Classics)
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ISBN : 0141983523
ISBN13 : 978-0141983523
Format Type : Hardback
Language : Englisch
Publisher : Penguin Classics 25 Juli 2017
Number of Pages : 384 Seiten
File Size : 681 KB
Status : Available For Download
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The Unwomanly Face of War (Penguin Classics) Reviews

  • Amazon Kunde
    2019-06-09 14:15

    I rarely write reviews however after reading this book, I ....just felt that by not recommending it, I would be kinda insulting all the women mentioned in the book and many more who were part of this war. It’s totally true that almost all the war stories are based around men, however this book clearly takes such stuff to a whole new level, a new dimension. The sacrifices made by the women are beyond words and this book not only describes the war through a woman’s eyes but also gives insight into how the Russian culture and traditions came to be as they are known today (if you are into Russia, you would catch such stuff!). Salute & Hats off to all these women! Would for sure recommend this book! Fantastic and emotional read, just superb!

  • Ollie Thorn
    2019-06-14 13:11

    Harrowing and haunting, a book long to remember and re-read. Definitely Nobel quality. The edition is solid, good quality, have bought as gifts for people and would do so again.

  • Tracy L.
    2019-06-14 13:25

    I cried so many times reading this book that I forced myself to stop and not pick it up again the next day multiple times. I am not one to write reviews, but for those of us who were lucky enough to have never seen war, know conceptually that it's a terrible thing, and somehow idealize the heroism of it, this book will set you straight.I didn't know anything about this book until it was recommended in The Economist. I was curious because I read a lot of books on history and wars, and was baited by the idea of stories from women on the front lines - not at the factories working. It was purely out of intellectual interest - come to think of it, all the books I read on the topic were written by men....Once I started reading, I could not stop. Between tears and tissues, I kept reading. I read until I was sobbing so hard I couldn't see through my tears. The feelings of fear, pain, courage, grief, hope...of girls half my was heart-wrenching. At their age I was having first world teenager problems of pimples and wanting to be popular. I could not be more embarrassed.These stories cannot be made up - not something this raw, this brutal, this...human.I write this review in the hopes to encourage more people to read it. There's no need to convince people that war is bad. This book will show you - straight to your heart.

  • Paratrim1 Amazon Customer
    2019-06-15 09:30

    A truly great book. To say it is moving is a huge understatement. These women suffered as teenagers what most people can not even imagine. The war was a holocaust beyond imagination. They saw things happen that are burned into their memories. Each woman's statement complements and expounds on the others. It is not an easy read. But it gives you a unique perspective on war and why it must be prevented in all cases. These horrors do not justify the world that resulted as a result. So many lives were shattered and the political ramifications were not a solution either. Their stories should be recorded for history and taught to our children in every country. Alexievich deserves the Nobel Prize more than any other writer. It must be hell to catalogue these stories, and this was only her first book, which is expanded with material that was censored when the book was first released in the 1980's. She has gone on the write similar books on Chernobyl, the Afghan war, and the collapse of the Soviet Union. But this is her gem. You can not read it straight through. You have to read it in segments and then take some time to reflect on it. Utterly devastating!

  • Roger M. Cooke
    2019-05-31 09:38

    There aren't enough stars for this book, the best war chronicle ever written.Theirs was the first generation lifted from serfdom, they became doctors, nurses, pilots, snipers, drivers, tank commanders, partisans and regular infantry. They were wounded, tortured, raped and killed. After indescribable horrors they returned to their villages and were often rejected as trench whores. The book is not nihilistic but very sobering: A species that produces such people has a fighting chance. It is essential for anyone wishing to understand Russia, Communism, or German fascism.One fragment: "As soon as I begin telling this story, I get sick again. I’m talking, my insides turn to jelly, everything is shaking. I see it all again, I picture it: how the dead lie—their mouths are open, they were shouting something and never finished shouting, their guts are ripped out. …And how frightening! How frightening is hand-to-hand combat, where men go at each other with bayonets…Bare bayonets. You start stammering, for several days you can’t get the words out correctly. You lose speech. Can those who weren’t there understand this? How do you tell about it? With what face? Well, answer me—with what face should I remember this? Others can somehow…They’re able to…But me—no. I weep. Yet this must be preserved, it must."Alexievich, Svetlana. The Unwomanly Face of War: An Oral History of Women in World War II (p. 330). Random House Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

  • Andrew S.E. Erickson
    2019-05-28 17:27

    I thought this was an outstanding albeit impressionistic contribution to Western understanding of the Soviet war effort in the Second World War. I'd consider this a must-read for anybody who wants to get a sense of the insanity of the Second World War and its human cost. It's all here: the patriotism and unbelievable courage of the average subject of the Soviet Union; the insane stupidity of Stalin and his regime's destruction of the Soviet army immediately before the war began; the brutality of the war itself and the errors of Soviet leadership that worsened it (sending unarmed Russians into battle against German Panzer divisions, Russian troops without boots in winter, starvation rations, etc.); the needless brutality of Nazi soldiers, the futility and stupidity of war in general. All of this told in a rather impressionistic style gleaned from interviews with female veterans, who tell their tragic tale sparingly and eloquently. The final lines of the book underscore the beauty of the author's narrative: "for a long time after the war I was afraid of the sky, oven of raising my head towards the sky. I was afraid of seeing plowed-up earth. But the rooks already walked calmly over it. The birds quickly forgot the war.."