Boys in Zinc - Penguin Modern Classics

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Publisher's Synopsis

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

- A new translation of Zinky Boys 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.

Book information

ISBN: 9780241264119
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Pub date:
Edition: New edition
DEWEY: 958.1045
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 228g
Height: 199mm
Width: 130mm
Spine width: 18mm