Samuel Beckett once declined an interview because, he said, he had “no views to inter.” On the other hand, Svetlana Alexievich’s The Unwomanly Face of War: An Oral History of Women in World War II is made up of conversations with women who have waited their entire lives to speak. This book is an outpouring, a deluge. Roughly a million Soviet women fought in World War II. Dozens of them, in this volume, gather around Alexievich as if she were a sentient campfire. When the war ended, few in Russia wanted to acknowledge these women’s experience. That ...
Russian women in World War II
Roughly a million Soviet women fought in World War II
Dwight Garner | NYT Last Updated at July 29, 2017 04:25 IST