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Boys in Zinc (Paperback)

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'The least well-known wonderful writer I've ever come across' - Jenni Murray, BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour



'Alexievich's artistry has raised oral history to a totally different dimension' - Antony Beevor



Haunting stories from the Soviet-Afghan War from the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature



- A new translation based on the revised 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.

Essays & WritingEssays & JournalismReportage & collected journalismHistory & PoliticsHistory: specific events & topicsThe Cold WarHistory & PoliticsMilitary HistoryMilitary history: post WW2 conflictsHistory & PoliticsRegional & national historyAsian history Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd Publication Date: 02/03/2017 ISBN-13: 9780241264119  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Svetlana Alexievich (Author) Svetlana Alexievich was born in Ivano-Frankivsk in 1948 and has spent most of her life in the Soviet Union and present-day Belarus, with prolonged periods of exile in Western Europe. Starting out as a journalist, she developed her own, distinctive non-fiction genre which brings together a chorus of voices to describe a specific historical moment. Her works include The Unwomanly Face of War (1985), Last Witnesses (1985), Boys in Zinc (1991), Chernobyl Prayer (1997) and Second-Hand Time (2013). She has won many international awards, including the 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature for 'her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time'.

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