The Unwomanly Face of War: An Oral History of Women in World War II, by Svetlana Alexievich
In The Unwomanly Face of War, Svetlana Alexievich chronicles the experiences of the Soviet women who fought on the front lines, on the home front, and in the occupied territories.
These women - more than a million in total - were nurses and doctors, pilots, tank drivers, machine-gunners, and snipers. They battled alongside men, and yet, after the victory, their efforts and sacrifices were forgotten.
Alexievich travelled thousands of miles and visited more than a hundred towns to record these women’s stories. Together, this symphony of voices reveals a different aspect of the war - the everyday details of life in combat left out of the official histories.
A monument to courage . . . It would be hard to find a book that feels more important or original. . . . [Svetlana] Alexievich’s account of the second world war as seen through the eyes of hundreds of women is an extraordinary thing. . . . Her achievement is as breathtaking as the experiences of these women are awe-inspiring.” - The Guardian