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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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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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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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The awful face of war

Beautifully told by those who lived it. Awful but essential listening. Buy it and live it. I don't often leave a review and this is not a book I would have read, but listen to it and feel it.

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Important Historical Record

A well researched and written historical account of the horrors of war and the suffering of the Russian women who contributed to the victory on the Eastern front. It is difficult not to be moved to tears as you listen to the various personal accounts of the carnage, bereavement, suffering, hardship and courage of those women who provided their stories to make this book possible.

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a must listen

Totally heartbreaking but a story that must be heard lest we forget the courage the love and the pain in war

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Greatly informative.

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

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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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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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  • 09-04-18

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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