Rightly viewing the German invasion as a threat to their nation's existence, more than a million Russian women joined the fight in World War II, not only as doctors and nurses but also as tank drivers, fighter pilots, and snipers—yet after the war their efforts and sacrifices were forgotten. As she did in Voices from Chernobyl and Secondhand Time, Nobel Prize winner Svetlana Alexievich takes journalism to its extreme, traveling thousands of miles to more than a hundred towns to unearth these women's stories. This symphony of voices reveals a different aspect of the war, and the everyday details of life in combat that were left out of the official histories.
The Unwomanly Face Of War
Author: Svetlana Alexievich. Richard Pevear & Larissa Volokhonsky, trans.