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Last Witnesses: Unchildlike Stories (Penguin Modern Classics) Kindle Edition
Astonishing. . . Like the great Russian novels, these testimonials ring with emotional truth. . . Few people have ever conjured better the pain of loss -- Caroline Moorehead ― Guardian
An antidote to nostalgic World War II narratives. . . Breathtaking, occasionally unbearably sad. Svetlana Alexievich is in a class of her own -- Paula Hawkins
Svetlana Alexievich is quite simply the greatest practitioner of oral history ever known. She is unique -- Antony Beevor
A major work by one of our greatest living historians. . . a profound, revelatory book. Through an artfully crafted and sincerely empathetic technique of enticing, soothing, and teasing out - gentle, unobtrusive, knowing when to encourage and when to let a pause run its course - Alexievich uncovers some of the most evocative war stories ever published -- Jane Graham ― Big Issue
These stories demand to be read -- Gerard DeGroot ― The Times
If God existed, or had an ear, she might listen the way Svetlana Alexievich does to the stories of her fellow ex-Soviets. . . These stories have a hallucinatory clarity, like visions or nightmares-except they are made simply from the stuff of life -- John Freeman ― Lit Hub
Last Witnesses sheds light on aspects of the war involving millions of ordinary Soviet citizens that will be unknown to most Western readers. . . Alexievich's method is to trim and rearrange oral testimony into concise and vivid prose -- Kathleen Smith ― Literary Review
The experience of reading these thousands of human confessions has an astonishingly powerful impact -- Gaby Wood ― Daily Telegraph
A masterly and potent reminder that the memory of loss belongs to individuals and communities, and not to the states that turn its psychic energy to other ends -- Kevin Platt ― TLS --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
Richard Pevear, along with his wife Larissa Volokhonsky, has translated works by Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Chekhov, Gogol, Bulgakov and Pasternak. They both were twice awarded the PEN/Book-of-the-Month Club Translation Prize (for Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov and Tolstoy's Anna Karenina). They are married and live in France.
Larissa Volokhonsky, along with her husband Richard Pevear, has translated works by Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Chekhov, Gogol, Bulgakov and Pasternak. They both were twice awarded the PEN/Book-of-the-Month Club Translation Prize (for Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov and Tolstoy's Anna Karenina). They are married and live in France. --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B07MHKX77C
- Publisher : Penguin (2 July 2019)
- Language : English
- File size : 1607 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 296 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #226,147 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Top reviews from other countries
The horror of the Wehrmacht and SS treatment of civilians of any age is given an extra bitterness and revulsion for being witnessed by youngsters whose subsequent lives were permanently twisted by their experiences.
This vivid testimony could be about any war in any era but most especially today in Syria and other places.
Brilliant. Read it
Almost all of the children experienced things that would be too horrific to even include in the most gory horror film. To know that the events they describe actually happened is truly sickening.
We hear from children who witnessed hangings, who were nearly hanged themselves, who saw people dig their own graves, who see German soldiers throw babies on a fire, who were forced to eat pet cats and dogs for lack of anything else to eat…
There are moments of light amongst the darkness, such as the kindness of strangers who readily adopt orphaned children (page 156), but they are few and far between.
A truly harrowing account of the Second World War as seen through children’s eyes and an important record of the brutality of the German soldiers in the East towards people they regarded as ‘inferior’.