Reviews

  • Extraordinary. . . it would be hard to find a book that feels more important or original. . . Alexievich's strength - and a mark of her own courage - is that she is forever on the lookout for the seemingly inconsequential, almost trivial human moments. . . Her achievement is as breathtaking as the experiences of these women are awe-inspiring

    Viv Groskop, Observer
  • An astonishing book, harrowing and life-affirming. It deserves the widest possible readership

    Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train
  • Magnificent. . . Alexievich doesn't just hear what these women say; she cares about how they speak. . . It's a mark of her exceptional mind that she tries to retain the incomprehensible in any human story

    Gaby Wood, Daily Telegraph Books of the Year
  • A must read

    Margaret Atwood
  • Brilliant

    Kamila Shamsie, Guardian Books of the Year
  • A revelation. . . Alexievich's text gives us precious details of the kind that breathe life into history . . . This is a book about emotions as much as it is about facts. It is not a historical document in the accepted sense. . . and yet ultimately, which historical documents are more important than this?

    Lyuba Vinogradova, Financial Times
  • Astonishing. . . Her years of meticulous listening, her unobtrusiveness and her ear for the telling detail and the memorable story have made her an exceptional witness to modern times. . . This is oral history at its finest and it is also an essay on the power of memory, on what is remembered and what is forgotten

    Caroline Moorehead, Guardian
  • These stories about the women warriors of Mother Russia are a symphony of feminine suffering and strength. . . Read this book. And then read it again

    Gerard DeGroot, The Times