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The Unwomanly Face of War

From the winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature, Svetlana Alexievich’s first book, an oral history of women’s experiences in WWII across Europe and Russia.

Svetlana Alexievich, translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky

Bringing together dozens of voices in her distinctive style, The Unwomanly Face of War 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 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 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." (From Penguin Random House)

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