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Last witnesses : unchildlike stories

By: Alexievich, Svetlana Pevear, Richard(Translated by) Volokhonsky, Larissa(Translated by)

Part of the Penguin Modern Classics series
0141983566 / 9780141983561
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20 cm 320 pages
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Translated from the Russian.

Selected as a Book of the Year 2019 by The Times and Telegraph'Astonishing. . . Like the great Russian novels, these testimonials ring with emotional truth' - Caroline Moorehead, GuardianExtraordinary stories about what it was like to be a Soviet child during the upheaval and horror of the Second World War, from Nobel Laureate Svetlana AlexievichWhat did it mean to grow up in the Soviet Union during the Second World War?

In the late 1970s, Svetlana Alexievich started interviewing people who had experienced war as children, the generation that survived and had to live with the trauma that would forever change the course of the Russian nation.

With remarkable care and empathy, Alexievich gives voice to those whose stories are lost in the official narratives, uncovering a powerful, hidden history of one of the most important events of the twentieth century.Published to great acclaim in the USSR in 1985 and now available in English for the first time, this masterpiece offers a kaleidoscopic portrait of the human consequences of the war - and an extraordinary chronicle of the Russian soul.


1DVU Former Soviet Union, USSR (Europe), 3JJH c 1939 to c 1945 (including WW2), BK Collected biographies, HBJD European history, HBTB Social & cultural history, HBWQ Second World War, JFSP1 Age groups: children

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