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ليس للحرب وجه أنثوي

(Голоса утопии #1)

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وقعت آلاف الحروب، قصيرة ومديدة، عرفنا تفاصيل بعضها وغابت تفاصيل أخرى بين جثث الضحايا. كثيرون كتبوا، لكن دوماً كتب الرجال عن الرجال. كلُّ ما عرفناه عن الحرب، عرفناه من خلال "صوت الرجل". فنحن جميعاً أسرى تصوُّرات "الرجال" وأحاسيسهم عن الحرب، أسرى كلمات "الرجال". أمَّا النساء فلطالما لذن بالصمت.

في الحرب العالمية الثانية شاركت تقريباً مليون امرأة سوفيتية في القتال على الجبهات
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Paperback, الطبعة الأولى, 432 pages
Published November 2016 by دار ممدوح عدوان للنشر والتوزيع (first published 1983)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
У войны не женское лицо = The Unwomanly Face of War, Svetlana Aleksievich, Abdolmajid Ahmadi (Translator)
Svetlana Alexandrovna Alexievich (born 31 May 1948) is a Belarusian investigative journalist and non-fiction prose writer who writes in Russian. She was awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature "for her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time". She is the first writer from Belarus to receive the award.
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: ماه نوامبر سال 2016 میلادی
عنوان: جنگ چهره
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Nataliya
We usually think of wars as something that men do. Boys play with toy soldiers and toy guns, and play with real things when they get older, right? But women have been fighting in wars throughout history. We just don't know their stories. We know the stories of men. The women remain in the background, mostly silent, occasionally telling the stories of the war from the accepted 'manly' perspective. Until now.
"Everything that we know about the war we were told by men. We are the prisoners of "manly
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Brina
For the first time, Nobel Prize winning author Svetlana Alexievich's award winning first book The Unwomanly Face of War is available in English. Over the course of twenty six grueling years, Alexievich interviewed female veterans of World War II. Unlike their American counterparts who played their part in the war effort at home, Soviet women gave up their lives for the Motherland and Stalin and enlisted to fight on the front lines. Yet, rather than returning home as war heroes, the women were of ...more
İntellecta
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
Svetlana Alexievich also lets the victims or heroes speak here again. The emotional portrayal of many women who went to war for love of "fatherland" is impressive and frightening. Anyone who believes in sympathy with the Soviet soldiers of World War II, the horror of entering the war, and the inability of society to accept the return of women as normal women will not want to leave this book out of their hands.
Barry Pierce
My specialty... My speciality is men's haircuts...
A girl comes... I don't know how to cut her hair. She has luxuriant wavy hair. The commander enters the dugout. "Give her a man's haircut."
"But she's a woman."
"No, she's a soldier. She'll be a woman again after the war."


In the West we often think of women's role in WWII as being in the factories. The Rosie the Riveter movement of helping make all the supplies for the men out on the front. However, in the Soviet Union, almost one million women enl
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Fran
May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
World War II, the Germans are marching toward Moscow. Men and boys have answered the call to defend the Motherland. War was life...but surprisingly, teenage girls and young women signed up to go to the front. Women served as snipers, traffic controllers, medical assistants, surgeons, anti-aircraft gunners and sappers to name a few wartime jobs. They were doggedly determined to fight for Russia, often insisting on being in the front lines. Nobel laureate Svetlana Alexievich "...brings together a ...more
Diane S ☔
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This author tackles the personal cost of war on woman, those who served and those who were civilians during the second world war. These personal accounts, some just paragraphs, some a few pages, but all heartfelt and heartbreaking. We have read many books, fiction and non that chronicle men's experiences and after effects, but very few women. Ordinary women I should say, who were living normal lives but feeling compelled or just caught up in the tangled and long reaching call to war.

The author
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Lori
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are more stories to tell than then those of famous men.
Hadrian
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wwii, war, russia, nonfiction
This is first real translation of Alexievich's first published book into English - an earlier effort was from a Soviet publishing house, which amputated the book through censorship.

If in the days of the old Soviet Union, you referred to 'the war', there could only be one war. The Great Patriotic War, as it is still called, burned and ravaged the countryside and left casualties in the tens of millions. It still defines Russia to this day - every town still has its memorials, political enemies are
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Jan-Maat
This was not the Alexievich book that I was looking for, alerted by several reviews on GR I was on the lookout for Secondhand Time or maybe her book on Chernobyl. Then again beggars can't be choosers as the saying goes and this was the book of her's that the library did have (Alec Guinness was not involved in my change of mind at all), in the run up to the D-day commemorations I heard various TV presenters speaking about the liberation of Europe - I noticed myself observing that as long suspecte ...more
Chrissie
This is riveting. I hated every time I had to stop to do something else. It is what I am looking for every time I pick up a book about war. Are women perhaps better at baring their souls, expressing emotions and revealing their innermost thoughts? The book seems to prove this.

EVERYBODY should read this, men and women alike.

It is an important book.

A book about war - all wars.

This is a difficult book to read because it captures emotions. It shows man at his lowest, but also love and generosity a
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Bjorn
Apr 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: russia, belarus, soviet
"I want you to know that they stole victory from us."

As always with Alexievich, it's made up of individual stories, lots of little moments of history.

She who followed her husband into war because they couldn't bear to be apart, and fought at his side until he fell.

We held our wedding in a trench, right before a battle. I made myself a white dress from a German parachute.

She whose fellow male soldiers had to explain to their superiors why they needed more t-shirts, the female soldiers had stolen
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Emma
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
This is a fascinating and worthy read for two specific but interconnected reasons.

Primarily, it is the representation of women's stories, harrowing personal accounts from all types of women in varied military and civilian roles, individual experiences of killing and dying and hope and despair. It is gut wrenching and sickening; in one story a woman who had recently given birth was hiding in a swamp with others when the enemies closed in. The need to remain silent, to keep hidden, had her lower t
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Rebecka
English title: War's Unwomanly Face.

This is really a book everyone should read. If not all of it (considering it is pretty long), then at least parts of it. Not only is it the Second World War from a Soviet point of view, it's from Soviet women's point of view. How many people even know that 800.000 Soviet women went to war in WW2? Of course they deserve a book, and it's one of the most interesting and definitely one of the saddest I've read in a long while.

Soviet women didn't go to war because
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Hadrian
Sep 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is by all accounts an excellent book, and one which captures the emotional struggle of Soviet women who served during the Second World War.

Yet I have one strong reservation for readers - apparently this book was mutilated by the censors. The one English-language edition is out of print, and the publisher is apparently long defunct.

Time for a new edition!

Tatiana
Jun 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I feel like Alixievich held back, didn't ask the right questions to get the whole truth.

Considering this book was first published in 1980s, I guess it's understandable she and her censors wanted an emphasis on heroism, self-sacrifice and just the horror of what Russia had to suffer through during WWII. And, believe me, this collection of personal stories illustrates the enormity of what was endured during the war like no fiction account can. And yet, even in the later edition, published in 2000
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Will
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've never understood why so many historians, both amateur and professional, are obsessed with the intricate details of military campaigns, with the macro strategies represented by the ever shifting physical front lines drawn on political maps, with the lives of the generals removed from combat. Do they want to escape from the horrors of war, the mutilated children, the burned soldiers whose flesh drips off their bones? Would they rather have it be all neat and pretty? I think they're deluding t ...more
Katie.dorny
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
This book is a powerful collection of women’s recollections of the First World War on the front line.

This book was awe-inspiring and heartbreaking in equal measure.

There aren’t words to justify the need of respect for this publication.
Ana
The pain gathered between the pages of this book cannot be done justice. There's women in there, women who saw their children, husbands, parents die; women who helped strangers not to die; women who killed other men and women. Women who, decades later, still wake up from hellish nightmares in the sound of bombings. Women who have had their periods vanish for as many years as they were soldiers. Women who couldn't explain to their children what "a father" was... And these stories, Alexievich beau ...more
Jim
I have to say I feel somewhat guilty at not rating this book a little higher out of respect for the brave women whose wartime experiences are chronicled within. Let's face it: Aleksievich poured her heart and soul into the research, travelling to over 100 cities and villages to personally interview hundreds of female WWII veterans. She was eager to get their story recorded for posterity and was careful to keep a diary to make notes on her travels and interviews.

The problem is that Russia had mo
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Marianna Neal
I was emotionally decimated by this book. Nothing I've ever read about WWII comes close to this. Certain parts actually made me physically sick, which isn't something I've ever experienced while reading a book. And to think that a lot of these heroic women came home just to be treated with disdain, and deemed unworthy and ruined... You can't make this up, and these stories broke my heart over and over again.
Lauren
I'm hard-pressed to think of another book that left me this humbled, and also questioning the biases and blindspots in my own formal education. That's a big reason why I choose to read the way I do - to take off the lenses & blinders, break down the constructs & barriers.

It raises consciousness to read a book like this one.

Alexeivich's polyphonic approach to history has been noted and awarded many times over. These stories of Soviet women during WWII were equal parts inspirational and ha
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Philippe Malzieu
I bought the book when she had the Nobel. I read half of it. I was dissatisfied. I left it. I have just read it completely.
First point, one will never say enough the sufferings endured by the Russian people during the Great Patriotic War. He showed a superhuman resistance and an incredible courage.
Second point, it is the war seen by the women. WWII is the first time when women complain men to accept them as soldier and not nurse. All the accounts agree. They were 16, 17 years old, few more. They
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Marina Sofia
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is so hard-hitting, so painful and yet necessary to read. A wonderful collection of everyday voices, and yet each one of these women is exceptional. Should be required reading for all who think war is a glorious adventure or a noble cause.
Czarny Pies
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: World War II Junkies.
"War's Unwomanly Face" is a magnificent oral history about the 1,000,000 women who served in the Red Army during World II that will be more difficult for English-speaking readers who shop in the "Feminist Issues" section of the book-store to enjoy than their male counterparts who shop in the "War" section. The first reason is that one needs to have pre-conceptions about military functions (such as sniper, tank driver or sapper) in order to fully appreciate the analyses that Alexievitch makes of ...more
Bryan Alexander
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: russia, history, gender
I wrote my name on the Reichstag... I wrote with charcoal, with what was at hand:
"You were defeated by a Russian girl from Saratov."
-Elena Pavlovna Shalova, Komsomol leader of an infantry battalion (315)

This is the second Alexievich book I've read, after the heartbreaking Voices from Chernobyl (my review). Here this nonfiction chronicler dives into World War II (the Great Patriotic War, Великая Отечественная война, in Soviet and Russian memory), and the book is even more shattering.

War's Unwoma
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Beata
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Formidable tales of women who had the misfortune to live and serve through the WW2. Ms Alexievich's voice is the one that allows the memories to survive and remains a warning for future.
Jaanaki
Svetlana Alexievich won the Nobel prize for literature in 2015 and after reading this exceptional book that documents and narrates the experiences of Russian women who fought in the Second world war, I bow my head to her . She deserves to be applauded for the courage taken to publish what the majority of the population do not even want to acknowledge and she has infused her writing with all the painful memories that were communicated to her through all the interviews she conducted with over 200 ...more
Anna
Reading the entirety of this book on a long train journey was probably not a good idea, but I simply could not put it down. ‘The Unwomanly Face of War’ is one of the most devastating books I’ve ever read and it was an effort not to cry throughout. At several points I didn’t succeed in not crying, despite hating to show emotion on trains (a flagrant violation of the Public Transport Social Contract). Between 1978 and 1985 Svetlana Alexievich collected the testimonies of Soviet women who fought in ...more
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Svetlana Alexievich was born in Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine, in 1948 and has spent most of her life in the Soviet Union and present-day Belarus, with prolonged periods of exile in Western Europe. Starting out as a journalist, she developed her own distinctive nonfiction genre, which gathers a chorus of voices to describe a specific historical moment. Her works include War’s Unwomanly Face (1985), Las ...more

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