Tuesday, August 6, 2013
The Unwomanly Face of War - Svetlana Alexievich
The Russian Army contained, according to award-winning journalist Alexievich, between 250,000 and 500,000 women, some of which (quite a number of which, actually..!) were interviewed for this book.
Enrolling as a female soldier apparently took a certain amount of drive, for none of them seems to have received a warm welcome at the outset.
Their accounts are all poignant and, indeed, different from most male accounts I have read. Hard to tell, though, whether this depends on their "biological female disposition" or the expectations they were subjected to, before and after the war.
What struck me most in the book : 20 million Russians died in WWII! 20 million!