The Unwomanly Face of War

The Unwomanly Face of War

An Oral History of Women in World War II

Book - 2017
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"Bringing together dozens of voices in her distinctive style, War's Unwomanly Face is Svetlana Alexievich's collection of stories of women's experiences in World War II, both on the front lines, on the home front, and in occupied territories. This is a new, distinct version of the war we're so familiar with. Alexievich gives voice to women whose stories are lost in the official narratives, creating a powerful alternative history from the personal and private stories of individuals. Collectively, these women's voices provide a kaleidoscopic portrait of the human side of the war. When the Swedish Academy awarded Svetlana Alexievich the Nobel Prize in Literature, they praised her "polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time," and cited her for inventing "a new kind of literary genre." Sara Danius, the permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, added that her work comprises "a history of emotions -- a history of the soul."--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Random House,, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780399588723
Characteristics: xliii, 331 pages ; 25 cm


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Apr 24, 2018

First published in 1985 but translated only in 2017, this is an oral history of Russian women in WW II. Over one million women fought in the Soviet army, in all capacities. Many were teenage girls. What struck me was the love for and loyalty to the Motherland because of the changes brought to the lives of ordinary people since the Revolution and despite Stalin.

Aug 14, 2017


Aug 12, 2017

This is a very moving book. These are the stories of young girls going to the Russian front in WW II. They served as nurses, doctors, telephone operators, partisans, medical assistants, pilots, antiaircraft operators and snipers. At times I had to stop reading due to the emotions these women passed on in their stories. Every one should read this book and understand why war is hell, from a woman's perspective. This book should be essential reading for all.


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