Afghanistan: A Russian Soldier's Story
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Afghanistan: A Russian Soldier's Story

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Vladislav Tamarov was drafted into the Soviet Army and sent to fight in Afghanistan at the age of 19. This photo essay presents a powerful portrait of a traumatic war. It is composed of 621 days of war and 217 days of combat missions secretly recorded by camera and private diary. It depicts the haunted faces of soldiers, civilians and Afghanastan's rugged and beautiful mou...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published October 30th 2001 by Ten Speed Press (first published May 1st 1992)
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A Graphic View of War as Lived by a Real Soldier

Now here’s a memoir that all veterans and war history buffs will respect. The Afghan-Russian War may not be one of those “glamorous” wars that Hollywood has made popular, but for the young men fighting in it, it was as brutal and senseless as any other.

This is the story of Russian soldier Vladislav Tamarov during his 2-year war tour as a mine sweeper. So, how was the life of a Russian mine sweeper in 1984?

Short. That’s how it was. Walk that field...more
Visceral … Poetic … Haunting …

The last 10 years of fighting in Afghanistan often draw parallels to the Soviet Union’s 10 year foray into Afghanistan following the 1979 incursion. Often referred to as the Soviet Union’s “Vietnam”, it was only vaguely reported in the United States where its most significant impact was relegated to the tit-for-tat boycotts of the 1980 and 1984 Summer Olympic Games. The conflict has been shrouded in relative obscurity for decades and because of this, I found Vladis...more
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Afghanistan: A Russian Soldier's Story by Vladislav Tamarov

A photo diary, with short essays. Very Russian, very sad. Why are we doing this? (I know it's different, that's always what you're told.)

If you are interested go listen to this man's voice on NPR, from ten year's ago, 15 years after he had left Afghanistan. (The audio is about eight minutes long.) There is still so much sadness. He and the men he served with got very little help after the war to cope with the psychological effects.

Photos and text combine to give an intimate and moving witness.
Manic Bob
The graphic poignant photographs are what stick with the reader after finishing this book.

Vladislav Tamarov was able to sneak a camera into the camps and what he recorded will make a grown man shed tears for humanity.

This is a powerful graphic memoir.
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