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  • Published: 18 May 2017
  • ISBN: 9780241264119
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $30.00

Boys In Zinc




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.

The haunting history of the Soviet-Afghan War from the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature 2015
- A new translation based on the updated and expanded 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.
%%%Haunting stories from the Soviet-Afghan War from the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature
'A masterpiece of reportage' (New York Review of Books)
- A new translation based on the updated and expanded 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.

  • Pub date: 18 May 2017
  • ISBN: 9780241264119
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $30.00

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Praise for Boys In Zinc

“A masterpiece of reportage”

New York Review of Books

“After reading this book of interviews with soldiers who fought there, I defy anyone to say that Afghanistan was not the Soviet Union's Vietnam”

Independent

“Brilliant . . . a wonderful, understanding account of the mixture of idealism, heroism and horror that made up this most disastrous of Russian wars”

Guardian

“Releases the voices of citizens whose sufferings had been stifled . . . the young, often teenage, soldiers pitched into a brutal war, many of them coming home in regulation zinc coffins - too large, she writes, to fit in the "chicken shacks" of Soviet apartments”

Financial Times


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