• Svetlana Alexievich is quite simply the greatest practitioner of oral history ever known. She is unique

    Antony Beevor
  • D.H. Lawrence wrote that Hamlet's soliloquies are as deep as the soul of man can go. The opposite of soliloquies, Svetlana Alexievich's books go as deep as the soul of woman can go. And now she investigates the soul in the agonized process of historical formation

    Geoff Dyer
  • Alexievich serves no ideology, only an ideal: to listen closely enough to the ordinary voices of her time to orchestrate them into extraordinary books

    Philip Gourevitch, New Yorker