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Last Witnesses: An Oral History of the Children of World War II

Svetlana Alexievich. Richard Pevear & Larissa Volokhonsky, trans.
Item #: D11385
Format: Hardcover
Pages/Publication Date: 320 / 2019
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 9780399588754
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The German invasion of Russia has often been framed as a tale of epic sieges and heroic resistance, but this neglects the human dimension of this inconceivably destructive era. Bringing together dozens of testimonials in her distinctive style, Nobel Laureate Svetlana Alexievich surveys the heavy toll of these years, as children became traumatized victims, hard-edged survivors, and—all too often—soldiers. Translated by PEN Translation Prize winners Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, this kaleidoscopic collection highlights the bravery of these children, and establishes that the Germans viewed the war in the east as organized genocide.

"It is impossible not to turn the page, impossible not to wonder whom we next might meet, impossible not to think differently about children caught in conflict."—Washington Post


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