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Not many books have had me wiping tears from my eyes However some of the harrowing stories told by these soldiers and mothers whose lives were irrecoverably damaged by the political error later called a crime that was the Soviet Afghan War had my eyes filled with tears Svetlana Alexievich s Boys in Zinc documents this tragic history that pretty much brought down the Soviet UnionThese live voices live destinies as described by Svetlana Alexievich paint the raw and gruesome reality that is war Alexievich manages to bring out all the fear sadness frustration hopelessness and disillusion out of each and every person interviewed You can almost feel the air the space and time around them The writer completely distances herself from the voices from the recordings and lets these voices stream out like an endless flowing river Fractured and torn monologues fill the pages only every now and then does Alexievich make her presence clear in order to emphasize a movement or a feeling with a small description in italics and pure human consciousness is revealed in all its pain and sufferingTolstoyan in scope and Dostoevskian in psychological insight Svetlana Alexievich has written what feels like a tragic opera or composition of sorts Boys in Zinc is a harrowing insight into one of penultimate events of the Cold War and an important document on totalitarianism and violent imperialism Very good collection of monologues from Soviet participants in the Afghanistan War full of insight and depressing reality and often uite beautiful I think this fell a bit short of the truly excellent VOICES FROM CHERNOBYL both with its slightly clunkier frame and its universal backdrop While Chernobyl is uniue war is horrifically usual and so we re somewhat inured to the tragic arc of the narratives here That does not rob this book of its notable power but it did diminish the variety between the voices ZINKY BOYS A REUIEM TO THE REMEMBERED When I read a few days ago in Ladbroke betting site that Svetlana Alexievich the great Belarusian writer is topping as a probable candidate for 2015 Nobel prize for literature I felt a palpitation in my heart Ever since I read her book Zinky Boys I have been a great fan of this writer Now that she has won the prize my joy nows no bounds as she is a truly deserving writer to win Nobel Prize I own two books of her Zinky Boys and Voices from Cherneobyl Both of them fall into a ind Oral history of ordinary people entangled in the events that are beyond their control superhuman events that had torpedoed their life The Soviet Invasion of Afghan and the Chernobyl Nuclear tragedy The throng of tragedies that she portrays through episodic narration from the voices of the people and witnesses she had interviewed after the events overwhelm any sensitive reader The trauma of ordinary people who were incapacitated by the immensity of sorrow as a result of the unforeseen events acuire extraordinary dimension as we read them Zinky Boys chronicle the stories of mothers Generals widows Privates nurses Civilians and even Military advisors who were traumatized by the soviet invasion of Afghanistan from 1979 to 1989 The war claimed about 50000 Soviet causalities most whom were young boys recruited to fight the Afghan Mujahideens The Soviet dead were shipped back home in sealed zinc coffins Hence the term Zinky Boys The title is an ironic allusion on the one hand to the zinc coffins used by the Red Army in this war on the other hand to the Soviet imagery of steel men soldier and workers in heroic narratives of earlier wars while the state was denying the tragedy and even the very existence of a conflict in Afghanistan The whole book as I said is a chorus of voices voices that reverberate with pain and agony They offer a uniue and hauntingly powerful insight into the realities of war and how the iron curtain of Soviet Union made it invisible and improbable Here is an excerpt Note how she builds up the emotional crescendo invisible and improbable Here is an excerpt Note how she builds up the emotional crescendo repetitions and associations to simple aspects of her child MOTHERHe was always small He was as small as a girl when he was born just couple of ilos and he grew up small I d cuddle him and call him my little sunshineThe only thing he was afraid was spiders Once he went out to play We d bought him a new coat and when he returned I hung it up in the cupboard and went into the A Shark Never Sleeps: Wheeling and Dealing with the NFL's Most Ruthless Agent kitchen A few minute later I heard this strange noise shelp shlep shlep shlep The entrance hall was full of frogs They were jumping out of his pockets He picked them all up Don t be frightened Mum he said stuffing them back in pockets they re nice little creature My little sunshineHe loved toys to do with war tanks machine guns pistols He d strap guns round himself and march round the house I m a soldier I m soldier When he went to school we couldn t find a uniform to fit him and he was lost in the smallest one they had My little sunshineThen they took him off to army I prayed he wouldn t beilled I prayed he wouldn t be beaten up and humiliated by the bigger senior ones he was so small He told us how they could force you to clean out the toilets with a toothbrush and wash out other people s underpants That s what I was afraid of He wrote and told us when he was being posted and to send him photos of his mum and sisterHe didn t write where he was being sent Two months later we had a letter from Afghanistan Don t cry Mum our flak jackets are very good he wrote Our flak jackets are good My little sunshineI was already expecting him home he had a month to go in army I managed to buy him some shirts and a scarf and shoes They re still in the cupboardThe first thing I new about it was when a captain from headuarters arrived Try to be strong mother That s what he called me Where is my son Here in Minsk They re bringing him now I fell to Here in Minsk They re bringing him now I fell to floor My little sunshine My little sunshine I got up and threw myself at the captain Why are you alive and my son dead You re big and strong and he s so small You re a man and he s just boy Why are you alive They brought in the coffin I collapsed over it I wanted to lay him out and they wouldn t allow us to open the coffin to see him touch him touch himDid they find a uniform to fit him My little sunshine my little sunshine Now I just want to be in the coffin with him I go to the cemetery throw myself on the gravestone and cuddle him My little sunshine As part of the regime of military secrecy conscripts are generally sent to their units straight from the training campI now there are puritans who consider that interviews and oral history are not literature in the sense intended by Nobel and the sense employed by the Academy all these years I do not bear any disinclination to creative nonfiction or Journalistic Literature an excellent example in this genre is that of the late Polish Journalist and writer Ryszard Kapu ci ski. Oddziały radzieckie przez dziesięć lat „udzielały narodowi afgańskiemu braterskiej pomocy” Od 1979 do 1989 roku życie straciło co najmniej The Book of Leviathan kilkaset tysięcy Afgańczyków ailkadziesiąt tysięcy radzieckich żołnierzy poniosło śmierć lub zostało rannych Wyjeżdżali by zostać bohaterami Do raju wracali jako bankruci – bez Цинковые мальчики

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Und the house a few times and get back to it with some wariness One of my friendsstudents once said to me Never never teach a class on Afghanistan without this book Or for that matter on war The love of a mother for her son and sometimes daughter has never for me been so strongly conveyed as in this book The fear and idealism of the soldier never opened up so carefully so delicately so warmly so precisely The collective delusions of a society never conveyed so irresistibly as tides as a gravity that pulls everyone to tragedy to the inevitable implosion of one s naivete towards one s desire to be find out that one is indeed a fool a loving fool but a fool That these are soviet soldiers speaking about their experience in Afghanistan brings home the significance of this book in elliptical ways The indirectness of the blows Aleksievich delivers compound their deft deadly efficiency Through the particular the universal speaks And as it speaks it carries itself to and through another particular The Soviets and the USAers twinsRead this book and be changed Read it again and again be changed Read it a third time and ask yourself if we do not discover our humanity by tragedy alone A good film to watch as a companion to this book The Thin Red Line 1998 I cried when I read your article but I shan t read the whole book because of an elementary sense of self preservation I m not sure whether we ought to now so much about ourselves Perhaps it s just too frightening It leaves a great void in my soul You begin to lose faith in your fellow man and fear him instead This is the second book I have that is written by Svetlana Alexievich and her books really do make me wonder about why I read On one hand her books are about truth and plain ugly truth at that which needs to be told o What made this book so powerful so heartbreaking was its simplicity In Zinky Boys Russian journalist Svetlana Alexievich interviews the mothers widows civilians and soldiers whose lives were destroyed by the USSR s ten year war in Afghanistan The 197 pages are filled with dozens of short interviews which left me close to tears depressed imagining myself burying a son or thinking what it would take to Las Maravillosas Obras de Dios: Historias B�blicas Para La Familia kill without judgmentPage 23 An army nurse recalls Sometimes we massacred a whole village in revenge for one of our boys I remember one girl lying in the dust like a broken doll with no arms and no legs And yet we went on being surprised they didn t love usWhat a uote And yet we went on being surprised they didn t love us Some of the stories are stuck in my head A soldier leaping into a trench and onto a mine His legs were blown off Soldiers admitting they massacred civilians in senseless acts of revenge Their confessions to Alexievich how they turned into animals how they can longer look at a woman how some wish they could shoot anyone who looks at them the wrong way on the street Those who survived saw their humanityilled off The Soviet Union destroyed Afghanistan The exact number of lives lost never will be شرح جامع مثنوى معنوى known but the estimates of Afghan dead are staggering The Soviets lost at least 15000 men Men I should say boys Many were conscripts 18 to 20 years old who had little military experience were given unlimited guns and ammo and learned toill everything that moved Alas zinky boys The bodies of the Soviet soldiers were shipped home in zinc coffinsI can picture one of those coffins concealing the maimed body of a Russian teenager lying in a drab flat in Moscow a mother draping her body over it crying out for her son Page 32 A mother whose son was illed doing his international Duty To Defend The Motherland to defend the Motherland can t carry on any longer I just can t I ve been dying for two years now I m not ill but I m dying My whole body is dead I suppose we re already dead but nobody nowsPage 53 A mother They brought in the coffin I collapsed over it I wanted to lay him out but they wouldn t allow us to open the coffin to see him Now I just want to be in the coffin with him I go to the cemetery throw myself on the gravestone and cuddle himThere are a couple common themes running through all the interviews One is betrayal Nearly all the soldiers and civilians who served in Afghanistan tell Alexievich they believed they were sent to Afghanistan to do good They were there to defend an ideology to defend Russia s borders to help the Afghan people see the truth of socialism After experiencing the horrors of war they begin to uestion When they return home often without eyes legs andor arms they feel an array of emotions pride revulsion guilt sadness longing for love and comradeship bonds some mythically believed had been found in the filth of the front lines And betrayal Many of the boys again think 18 to 20 year olds deflect responsibility for front lines And betrayal Many of the boys again think 18 to 20 year olds deflect responsibility for war crimes and place it on the monstrous Soviet government They resent the criticism launched at them by a public that has also finally learned the truth Moscow tried to eep secret the average yearly deployment of 100000 Soviet troops when the zinc coffins started coming home people began to understand what really was happeningSome clung to hopePage 43 Sergeant Major I accepted the official line so completely that even now after all I ve read and heard I official line so completely that even now after all I ve read and heard I have a minute hope that our lives weren t entirely wastedTragedy struck than once Families were lied to about their sons whereabouts in some cases even the soldiers weren t sure where they were headed Then the war wrecked their bodies and minds and tortured their emotional lives When the soldiers returned home alive or in a zinc coffin they and their families were run over again by the shame of fighting in what many began to see as a dirty useless war Yet the war s transformational power wasn t only destructive Some soldiers admitted longing for what they had in Afghanistan that they could never get again at home the test of their mortality the challenge to overcome hardship the bonds with their fellow men at arms This positive feeling pales in comparison to the overwhelmingly negative vibe that pours from the pages but it is remarkable nonetheless This feeling reminded me of John Keegan s final paragraph in his one volume study of WWI on the mystery of that war It might be said of many wars If we could understand its loves as well as its hates we would be nearer understanding the mystery of human lifeAlexievich also received many letters from readers which make up the final pages of Zinky Boys Some thanked her others excoriated her for reporting the truth You can sense some Russians felt liberated at finally being able to criticize their government for finally being able to learn the truth while at the same time being tugged the other way by guilt and shameI could not fathom how some Russian civilians blamed themse PrologueFrom the Notebooks Boys in Zinc Post Mortem Boys in Zinc on Tria. Aty a odwaga i braterstwo przeplatają się z niegodziwością i okrucieństwem „W ażdej Arabian Challenge kolejnejsiążce z uporem robię to samo – pisze Aleksijewicz – zmniejszam historię do wymiarów człowieka”Po publikacji siążki Swietłana Aleksijewicz została pozwana o znieważenie honoru i godności żołnierzy walczących w Afganistanie. ,

Whose works like Emperor Sha of Iran and Another day of Life are marvellous testaments of intercultural encounters and life in turbulent times like in Ethiopia Iran and Angola so long as the works are great testaments of humanity Well this genre is not new also as many writers like Alexander Solzhenitsyn Gulag Archipelago Truman Capote and Oliver Sacks have written similar worksThe greatness of that Svetlana Alexievich lies in the fact that though the book is written as a collage of polyphonic voices the voices are distinctive in many episodes Being a mother she excels well in narrating memories of mothers and widowsHer prose is lucid and devastating She sees things with heart and her Ear is the witness I couldn t read the book at a stretch when I read it in 2006 as many passages gave a lump in my throat and made my eyes misty Yes the book is not altogether devoid of I remember back in the 70s having to sit through long presentations regarding the Soviet Union and the military might thereof These briefings were given by American military personnel and the general theme was that the Soviet Union was an evil empire armed to the teeth It seemed that they had endless munitions and hordes of personnel under arms all of whom wanted our stuff They had no stuff in the Soviet Union we were told and they would be coveting our stuff which we had in abundance Some of this propaganda had a grain of truth in it the Soviets were starved for consumer goods and they did have a lot of men under arms but the weaponry was outdated and defective and the soldiery reluctant and usually coerced into service And while there was a shortage of consumer goods even the most fashion conscious was unlikely to risk death for a pair of jeans Somehow the people doing the briefings neglected to mention that part In short while the Soviet Union had enough punch to mess the world up considerably they were extremely unlikely to start anything military bombast notwithstandingAfter the invasion of Afghanistan I recall even anti Soviet propaganda One US based military magazine sought donations to purchase ammo for the mujahidin If I recall correctly the slogan was Kill a commie for Mommy or some such blather I have often wondered if anyone ever contributed and if so whether any of the contribution actually made it to Afghanistan I guess what I m getting at with all of this preamble is that we were pretty much brainwashed into an intense dislike of all things SovietThis book is the result of many personal interviews the author conducted with returned soldiers and civilians and also with the next of in of those who were returned in zinc coffins or zinky boys as they became Der Verlorene Koffer: A Graded Reader for Beginning Students known Alexievich has managed to put a human face on the Soviet soldier for me and I have come to realize that soldiers are soldiers the world over Our governments start wars and governments legislate soldiers into action whether the soldier likes it or notIn the case of the Russians many of them were told that their intervention in Afghanistan prevented the takeover of the country by the USA which was on the point of invading Many soldiers were told they were being airlifted to some other destination only to find themselves in Afghanistan when the plane touched down Some volunteered for the job as the bazaars in Afghanistan had consumer goods than the Soviet shops Ponder that for a moment a backwater like Afghanistan having produce than your home countryLife was hard for these soldiers The Soviet army turned a blind eye to the constant hazing and abuse of recruits New soldiers were routinely robbed and beaten by the older soldiers or grandfathers An excerpt from a soldier s letter home Mum buy me a puppy and call it Sergeant so I canill it when I get home p46Even the female civilian employees were not free from abuse They volunteered for service some for patriotic reasons some for the extra pay and yet others for the shopping opportunities Whatever their motivation they were universally assumed to have come hunting for men Sadly many of them felt a need to take on a man as protection against the predations of others Better one devil you now than many you don tAlexeivich has really been able to express the anguish and heartache of those who came back to a country that was so neglectful that Afghanistan casualties Zinky Boys were not allowed to be buried in the same section of a cemetery like they were a collective dirty secret I won t even go into the sense of loss and betrayal expressed by grieving mothers who were never given adeuate details regarding the death of their respective children In spite of this the reaction to the author s work was mixed and I leave you with this final uote from a call she received Who needs your dreadful truth I don t want to now it You want Who needs your dreadful truth I don t want to American Literature Student Text know it You want buy your own glory at the expense of our sons blood They were heroes heroes heroes They should have beautiful books written about them and you re turning them into mincemeat p187 When I was young for a while I wanted to be a historian I was fascinated by the past but particularly by individuals I remember writing a sweeping story from the point of view of Robespierre his life loves even his mum My teacher gave me a shit grade and told me history is not about people but about events Over two weeks I just read Boys in Zinc and A Chernobyl Prayer This is a review for both books I almost stopped reading after the first account in A Chernobyl Prayer The pain of the storyilled me Both books are brilliant There are letters and accounts by soldiers mother s and fathers sweethearts doctors and every one caught up in the events of war and catastrophe My words cannot do these books justice but I think the words of the people involved do than that They show us everything that is the human beingNow I intend to read something light I will never forget the voices in these booksOh my intend to read something light I will never forget the voices in these booksOh my was wrong A brutal look at the Afghanistan war of the 1980s as told from the Soviet perspective Alexievich is a journalist the book is mostly interviews of soldiers civilian employees mothers and widows affected by the war but it s clear that she presents these responses for her own narrative and rhetorical purposes Even if you have no interest in this specific war this book is an utterly compelling look at so many things the mentality of obeying orders without uestioning them a particular talent of both soldiers and Soviet citizens at large the silence and secrecy of the Soviet governmentmedia surrounding the war soldiers conflicting feelings of pride and shame all different Cheyenne: A Sweet Historical Romance kinds of PTSD and the denial aggression acceptance and confusion that this dishonorable war still inspires as people try to sort out their memories of it Powerful reading I could not and still cannot read this book for than 10 pages at a time I put it down wipe my tears walk aro. óg bez rąk bez złudzeń zoszmarami tóre miały ich nigdy nie opuścić Niektórzy wracali w cynkowych trumnachZ opowieści weteranów pielęgniarek prostytutek matek i żon „afgańców” wyłania się wstrząsający obraz niepotrzebnej wojny; wśród zapierających dech w piersiach afgańskich rajobrazów rozgrywają się ludzkie dram. ,

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