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The Unwomanly Face of War

Length: 14 hrs and 18 mins
Categories: History, Second World War
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Penguin presents the audiobook edition of The Unwomanly Face of War by Svetlana Alexeivich, read by Julia Emelin and Yelena Shmulenson.

Bringing together dozens of voices in her distinctive style, The Unwomanly Face of War is Svetlana Alexievich's collection of stories from Soviet women who lived through the Second World War: on the front lines, on the home front and in occupied territories. As Alexievich gives voice to women who are absent from official narratives - captains, sergeants, nurses, snipers and pilots - she shows us a new version of the war we're so familiar with, creating an extraordinary alternative history from their private stories.

Published in 1985 in Russia and now available in English for the first time, The Unwomanly Face of War was Alexievich's first book and a huge best seller in the Soviet Union, establishing her as a brilliantly revolutionary writer.

©2017 Svetlana Alexievich (P)2017 Penguin Random House UK

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Staggering

An incredibly harrowing yet touching series of stories told by the women of WW2 from Belarus and Ukraine . The brutality and senseless carnage of brothers and sisters hating one another over ideas. War is as is so evidently illustrated here is always brutally conducted on the innocent people who have no power and no choices. Why isn’t war illegal? Why isn’t war simply a crime in itself? These are the questions I ask after listening to the beautiful voices of these women.

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Amazingly brutal and touching

I loved every minute. It was a really good presentation to use different voices for each interviewee. It appears to explain so much about Russian, or Soviet, fortitude. I was brought up with stories of rationing and the blitz but the hardship of Nazi occupation on the eastern front must have been a living hell.

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  • JanitaH
  • 09-04-2018

Terrible and haunting, essential reading

Despite the horrors of war described in this book, I was constantly surprised by the tenderness and love of these women.

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  • helloitsmefolks
  • 11-03-2018

Sadness of War

Instead of men writing about war the women of Russia have their say about World War 2 and all its tribulations. Their story would be the same the world over throughout history. Some stories can reduce you to tears, others about bravery and fortitude can show what can be done in the face of overwhelming odds and the brutality of war. A book not for the faint hearted but still worth listening too.

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  • bella
  • 22-04-2019

unwomanly face of war

incredibly sad but a story that has to be told.
the author has captured a thousand different experiences


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  • J M C Davidson
  • 06-04-2020

Greatly informative.

This audio was at time very emotional and greatly informative. Would recommend as a much read for everyone.

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  • MrsMac
  • 30-03-2020

What an Undertaking

Often harrowing in the extreme the experiences of these girl soldiers tell of some of the depths that man and mankind can reach - and which remains true in today’s world - as well as sometimes telling of the heights. This reminds me of the book The Dark Continent which describes the aftermath of WWII throughout Europe when, as I recall, more people were killed than during the war, often with unbelievable barbarity. The Russian nation suffered so much both during and after the war and, nowadays, their contribution toward victory tends to shamefully be ignored. So important that these memories have been painstakingly gathered, recorded and published - thank you

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  • MAGGS
  • 09-03-2018

Unwomanly face of war - entertaining book but

Unwomanly face of war - entertaining book but not worth 4 stars
Amazing what Russian woman did du during WW2 & how they were treated by the men they served with
Narrator good

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