Female Russian Soldiers in World War II

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. For more detail about this book click here.

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