Zinky Boys: Soviet Voices from the Afghanistan War

Zinky Boys: Soviet Voices from the Afghanistan War

Svetlana Alexievich


Winner of the Nobel Prize: “For her polyphonic writings, a monument to ache and braveness in our time.” ―Swedish Academy, Nobel Prize citation

From 1979 to 1989 1000000 Soviet troops engaged in a devastating warfare in Afghanistan that claimed 50,000 casualties―and the early life and humanity of many tens of hundreds of thousands extra. developing controversy and outrage while it was once first released within the USSR―it used to be referred to as through reviewers there a “slanderous piece of delusion” and a part of a “hysterical refrain of malign attacks”―Zinky Boys provides the candid and affecting testimony of the officials and grunts, nurses and prostitutes, moms, sons, and daughters who describe the warfare and its lasting results. What emerges is a narrative that's surprising in its brutality and revelatory in its similarities to the yank adventure in Vietnam. The Soviet lifeless have been shipped again in sealed zinc coffins (hence the time period “Zinky Boys”), whereas the nation denied the very lifestyles of the clash. Svetlana Alexievich brings us the reality of the Soviet-Afghan warfare: the wonderful thing about the rustic and the savage military bullying, the killing and the mutilation, the large quantity of Western items, the disgrace and shattered lives of again veterans. Zinky Boys deals a distinct, harrowing, and unforgettably robust perception into the realities of warfare.

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