Reviews

  • A must read

    Margaret Atwood
  • 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
  • Brilliant

    Kamila Shamsie, Guardian Books of the Year
  • Nothing can quite prepare the reader for the shattering force of The Unwomanly Face of War, Svetlana Alexievich's oral history of Soviet women in the second world war. In the midst of such colossal suffering hundreds of little details stick in the mind

    Geoff Dyer, Guardian Books of the Year
  • An astonishing book, harrowing and life-affirming. It deserves the widest possible readership

    Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train
  • 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
  • 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 It is not a historical document in the accepted sense.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 and yet ultimately, which historical documents are more important than this?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
  • A profoundly humbling, devastating book, it should be compulsory reading for anyone wishing to understand the experience of the war and its haunting legacy in the former Soviet Union

    Daniel Beer, Literary Review
  • 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
  • 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

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