Last Witnesses: Unchildlike Stories (Paperback)
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Last Witnesses: Unchildlike Stories (Paperback)

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Paperback 320 Pages
Published: 02/07/2019

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The author of the acclaimed Chernobyl Prayer turns her keen investigative eye on those who grew up in the wartime Soviet Union. Marshalling disparate, endlessly fascinating testimonies from a wide variety of the population, Alexievich paints an expansive picture of coming of age at a pivotal juncture of the twentieth century.

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

'In May of 41 my parents took me for the summer to the Pioneer camp. I came there, went for a swim once, and two days later the war began. German planes flew over, and we shouted "Hurray!" We didn't understand that they could be enemy planes. Until they began to bomb us... Then all colours disappeared. All shades.'

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.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780141983554
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 318 g
Dimensions: 216 x 135 x 23 mm

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