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The Resource Zinky boys : Soviet voices from the Afghanistan war, Svetlana Alexievich ; translated by Julia and Robin Whitby ; with introduction by Larry Heinemann

Zinky boys : Soviet voices from the Afghanistan war, Svetlana Alexievich ; translated by Julia and Robin Whitby ; with introduction by Larry Heinemann

Label
Zinky boys : Soviet voices from the Afghanistan war
Title
Zinky boys
Title remainder
Soviet voices from the Afghanistan war
Statement of responsibility
Svetlana Alexievich ; translated by Julia and Robin Whitby ; with introduction by Larry Heinemann
Creator
Contributor
Author
Translator
Writer of introduction
Subject
Genre
Language
  • eng
  • rus
  • eng
Summary
From 1979 to 1989, a million Soviet troops engaged in a devastating war in Afghanistan that claimed 50,000 casualties-- and the youth and humanity of many tens of thousands more. In Zinky Boys journalist Svetlana Alexievich gives voice to the tragic history of the Afghanistan War. What emerges is a story that is shocking in its brutality and revelatory in its similarities to the American experience in Vietnam-- a resemblance that Larry Heinemann describes movingly in his introduction to the book, providing American readers with an often uncomfortably intimate connection to a war that may have seemed very remote to us. The Soviet dead were shipped back in sealed zinc coffins (hence the term "Zinky Boys"), while the State denied the very existence of the conflict; even today the radically altered Soviet society continues to reject the memory of the "Soviet Vietnam." Creating controversy and outrage when it was first published in the USSR-- it was called by reviewers there a "slanderous piece of fantasy" and part of a "hysterical chorus of malign attacks"-- Zinky Boys presents the candid and affecting testimony of the officers and grunts, nurses and prostitutes, mothers, sons, and daughters who describe the war and its lasting effects. Svetlana Alexievich has snatched from the memory hole the truth of the Afghanistan War-- the beauty of the country and the savage Army bullying, the killing and the mutilation, the profusion of Western goods, the shame and shattered lives of returned veterans. Zinky Boys offers a unique, harrowing, and unforgettably powerful insight into the realities of war and the turbulence of Soviet life today
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Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
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1948-
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Aleksievich, Svetlana
Dewey number
958.104/5
Index
no index present
Language note
Translation of: T͡Sinkovye malʹchiki
LC call number
DS371.2
LC item number
.A45513 1992
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1948-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Aleksievich, Svetlana
  • Whitby, Julia
  • Whitby, Robin
  • Heinemann, Larry
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Afghanistan
  • Soldiers
  • Soviet Occupation of Afghanistan (1979-1989)
  • Soldiers
  • Afghanistan
  • Soviet Union
  • HISTORY / General
Label
Zinky boys : Soviet voices from the Afghanistan war, Svetlana Alexievich ; translated by Julia and Robin Whitby ; with introduction by Larry Heinemann
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Publication
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm25964817
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First American edition.
Extent
xix, 197 pages
Isbn
9780393034158
Lccn
92017855
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • 1193355
  • (Sirsi) o25964817
  • (OCoLC)25964817
Label
Zinky boys : Soviet voices from the Afghanistan war, Svetlana Alexievich ; translated by Julia and Robin Whitby ; with introduction by Larry Heinemann
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm25964817
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First American edition.
Extent
xix, 197 pages
Isbn
9780393034158
Lccn
92017855
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • 1193355
  • (Sirsi) o25964817
  • (OCoLC)25964817

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