Last Witnesses

Last Witnesses Unchildlike Stories

Paperback (02 Jul 2019) | English

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Synopsis

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, Guardian

Extraordinary 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 Alexievich

What 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.

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Penguin Classics

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Book information

ISBN: 9780141983554
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Pub date:
DEWEY: 940.531610947
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 6086
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 332g
Height: 136mm
Width: 214mm
Spine width: 25mm