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The Unwomanly Face of War by Svetlana Alexievich

Trigger warnings for the explicit and implied deaths of children and animals, torture, PTSD, and sexual assault. The Unwomanly Face of War is an oral history of women who fought for the Soviets in WWII. These women filled an incredible variety of roles. Show More Summary

Nonfiction: Giving the Lie to the Notion that Warfare Is ‘Unwomanly

Svetlana Alexievich’s “The Unwomanly Face of War” collects memories of the Russian women who fought against Hitler.

Books of The Times: Russian Women Speak Up About the Front Lines and the Home Front

Svetlana Alexievich’s “The Unwomanly Face of War: An Oral History of Women in World War II” unearths a mostly buried aspect of Russian history.

Tuesday New Release Day: Alexievich; Hall; Phillips; Melamed; Scott

Out this week: The Unwomanly Face of War by Svetlana Alexievich; Madame Zero by Sarah Hall; Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips; Gather the Daughters by Jennie Melamed; and Careers for Women by Joanna Scott. For more on these and other new...Show More Summary

Book Review: The Unwomanly Face Of War is a terrific (and terrifying) counter-history of World War II

Gang rapes, limbs amputated with carpenter’s saws and no anesthetic, partisans drowning their own bawling babies, prisoners of war being stabbed and brained to death, suicides dangling from village trees—the revised edition of the Nobel...Show More Summary

The Unwomanly Face of War

4 months agoNews : Truthdig

By Elaine Margolin Svetlana Alexievich’s first book, a harrowing oral history of women in World War II, is now available for the first time in English, almost four decades after it was written.

How Militarily Equipped are Women Guerrillas?-2005

Devika ‘War’s unwomanly face’ is the title of a Russian translation. But the practice of women guerillas in the ongoing People’s War shows that war is very much in the nature of women. One kind of war is against the wishes of not only women but also the broad masses over the world. Another [...]

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