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Svetlana Alexievich was born in Stanislav, Ukraine, Soviet Union on May 31, 1948. She became a journalist and wrote narratives from interviews with witnesses to events such as World War II, the Soviet-Afghan war, the fall of the Soviet Union, and the Chernobyl disaster. Her books include Zinky show more Boys: Soviet Voices from the Afghanistan War and War's Unwomanly Face. She won the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2005 for Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster and the 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

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Works by Svetlana Alexievich

Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets (2013) 1,650 copies, 63 reviews
Enchanted with Death (1993) 24 copies, 1 review
Last Witnesses (Adapted for Young Adults) (2021) 22 copies, 1 review
7 Rooms (2011) 16 copies
Nine of Russia’s foremost women writers (2003) — Contributor — 14 copies
Battaglia persa (Una) (2022) 3 copies
Tänk om : en debattbok (2007) 2 copies
Son Tanıklar (2019) 1 copy

Associated Works

The Art of Fact: A Historical Anthology of Literary Journalism (1997) — Contributor — 216 copies, 1 review
Granta 34: Death of a Harvard Man (1990) — Contributor — 160 copies, 1 review
The Granta Book of Reportage (Classics of Reportage) (1993) — Contributor — 94 copies, 1 review
The Long Shadow of Chernobyl (2014) — Contributor — 18 copies, 1 review
Fria ord på flykt (2012) — Contributor — 3 copies


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Common Knowledge

Canonical name
Alexievich, Svetlana
Legal name
Алексиевич, Светлана Александровна
Алексіевіч, Святлана Аляксандраўна
Alexievich, Svetlana Alexandrovna
Country (for map)
Stanislaw, Ukraine, USSR (today: Ivano-Frankovsk, Ukraine)
Places of residence
Narovl, Gomel oblast, Byelorussian SSR, Soviet Union
Beresa, Brest oblast, Byelorussian SSR, Soviet Union
Minsk, Byelorussian SSR, Soviet Union
Paris, France
Gothenburg, Sweden
Berlin, Germany (show all 7)
Minsk, Belarus
Belarusian State University (journalism)
investigative reporter
Revue "Neuman" (Directeur du département d'essais et de journalisme (1976|1984)
Journal républicain " Selska Gazeta " (1973-1976)
Journal régional « Phare du communisme », Beroza (1972)
Journal régional « Pripyatskaya pravda », Narovlia (1966)
Ecole de sept ans Belazhevity du district de Mazyrskyi (Professeur, Histoire et allemand, 19 66)
Centre PEN biélorusse (Membre, 19 89 | ) (show all 7)
Union des écrivains soviétiques (Membe, 19 83 | )
Awards and honors
Ryszard Kapuściński Award (2011 ∙ 2015)
Friedenspreis des deutschen Buchhandels (2013)
Officier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres de la République française (2014)
Nobel Prize in Literature (2015)
Galina Dursthoff
Short biography
Elle a reçu de nombreux prix prestigieux pour son ouvrage La Supplication - Tchernobyl, chronique du monde après l'apocalypse (1997) (dont le Prix de la paix Erich-Maria-Remarque en 2001). Ce livre reste cependant toujours interdit en Biélorussie.
Elle est aussi l'auteure de La guerre n'aura pas un visage de femme (1985), ouvrage retraçant par des interviews le récit de femmes soldats de l'Armée rouge durant la Seconde Guerre mondiale, de Cercueils de zinc (1990, 1991 pour la version française), qui recueille des témoignages de soviétiques ayant participé à la guerre russo-afghane, de Ensorcelés par la mort, récits (1995), sur les suicides de citoyens russes après la chute du communisme et de Derniers témoins (2005), témoignages de femmes et d'hommes qui étaient enfants pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale. En 2013, son livre La Fin de l’homme rouge ou Le Temps du désenchantement remporte le Prix Médicis essai.



This collection of women's experiences of World War II is fascinating and educating. The women the author interviewed had served, in different capacities, on the Soviet. side of the war. Some were nurses, but others fought in the Red Army alongside men. Their roles were far more diverse and more likely to include combat than the women who participated in other Allied forces. Overall, a good read and one that helped to further expand my understanding of the second world war.
wagner.sarah35 | 43 other reviews | May 2, 2024 |
The book is made up of numerous short accounts from adults recalling their childhood memories of WWII in Russia. Naturally, these are tragic and heart-breaking. In many cases, they were starving orphans who were often left homeless, not to mention the violence that they witnessed. I listened to the audiobook and found that the readers were very effective and made the passages feel that much more real.
AnnieKMD | 17 other reviews | Apr 27, 2024 |
#ReadAroundTheWorld #Belarus

This is a fascinating book of womens’ recollections of their wartime service during WW2 in the Soviet Union. Svetlana Alexievich is the first Belarusian author to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature. She was born in Ukraine to a Belarusian father and Ukrainian mother and grew up in Belarus. Her book is a detailed collection of many women’s stories, thoughts, feelings and heartaches. She has dedicated herself to writing a history through women’s eyes and words, a story that includes emotions, not just cold facts, conquests and achievements.

I found this an intriguing, readable history that highlighted much for me. The dichotomy between the Soviet belief that women were equal and could be fighter pilots, drive tanks and become army surgeons, and the intrinsic chauvinism of the patriarchy that exists in all political systems is apparent. For me, from a country where we view our politicians with distaste and cynicism, I found the patriotism and nationalism and desire to serve the mother country at all costs almost fanatical. Yet the women were unbelievably brave, heroic and tough and they accomplished extraordinary feats. All the while, many of them carried an unwavering desire to be women, to be feminine, and delighted in any opportunity to style their hair and wear heels. Many of them found war challenging on an emotional level, and shed tears as they either killed or saved lives, yet they still managed to continue their tasks. Sadly when they returned home as decorated war heroes they were often treated with suspicion and contempt by their country and their people. This is a remarkable piece of work that deserves much recognition.
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mimbza | 43 other reviews | Apr 10, 2024 |
A profound account of the experiences of people in Belarus to the accident and aftermath at the nuclear power plant in Chernobyl, Ukraine. This book is a really good example of how oral history can be used to capture stories that professional historians would miss. Read it.
TomMcGreevy | 79 other reviews | Mar 26, 2024 |



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