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Los muchachos de zinc

by Svetlana Alexievich

Una obra maestra con una perspectiva única y desgarradora sobre la guerra de Afganistán, de la Premio Nobel de Literatura 2015, Svetlana Alexiévich, «la voz de los sin voz». Entre 1979 y 1989 un millón de tropas soviéticas combatieron en una guerra devastadora en Afganistán que provocó más de 50.000 bajas y acabó con la juventud y la humanidad de varias decenas de miles de soldados más. Los muertos soviéticos volvían a casa en ataúdes de zinc sellados mientras el estado no reconocía ni la mera existencia del conflicto. Los muchachos de zinc generó una inmensa polémica y mucha indignación cuando fue publicada originalmente en la URSS: las críticas acusaron a su autora de haber escrito un «texto fantasioso lleno de injurias» y de ser parte de «un coro histérico de ataques malignos». En el libro, Svetlana Alexiévich presenta el testimonio cándido y emocionante de los oficiales y los soldados rasos, de las enfermeras y las prostitutas, las madres, los hijos y las hijas que describen la guerra y sus duraderos efectos. El resultado es una historia turbadora por su brutalidad y reveladora en su parecido a la experiencia estadounidense en Vietnam y más tarde en Irak y el mismo Afganistán. Svetlana Alexievich expone la verdad de la guerra afgano-soviética: la belleza del país y los brutales abusos del ejército, las muertes y las mutilaciones, la profusión de productos occidentales, las vidas humilladas y destrozadas de los veteranos. Los muchachos de zinc ofrece una perspectiva única, desgarradora e inolvidable sobre la realidad de la guerra. Reseñas:«Por su obra polifónica, un monumento al sufrimiento y al coraje en nuestro tiempo.»Academia Sueca, fallo del Premio Nobel de Literatura 2015 «La voz de Alexiévich es mucho más que la suma de las voces que recoge, consiguiendo que la guerra sea tan omnipresente y tan personal, tan real, como cualquier relato de ficción no lo logró de cualquier otra guerra.»Philip Gourevitch, The New Yorker «Durante los últimos treinta o cuarenta años, Alexiévich se ha dedicado a retratar al individuo soviético y post soviético, pero su obra no es realmente una historia de los acontecimientos. Es una historia de las emociones, lo que nos ofrece es un mundo emocional, una historia del alma.»Sara Danius, Permanent Secretary of the Swedish Academy

Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets

by Svetlana Alexievich Bela Shayevich

The magnum opus and latest work from Svetlana Alexievich, the 2015 winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature--a symphonic oral history about the disintegration of the Soviet Union and the emergence of a new Russia When the Swedish Academy awarded Svetlana Alexievich the Nobel Prize, it cited her for inventing "a new kind of literary genre," describing her work as "a history of emotions--a history of the soul." Alexievich's distinctive documentary style, combining extended individual monologues with a collage of voices, records the stories of ordinary women and men who are rarely given the opportunity to speak, whose experiences are often lost in the official histories of the nation. In Secondhand Time, Alexievich chronicles the demise of communism. Everyday Russian citizens recount the past thirty years, showing us what life was like during the fall of the Soviet Union and what it's like to live in the new Russia left in its wake. Through interviews spanning 1991 to 2012, Alexievich takes us behind the propaganda and contrived media accounts, giving us a panoramic portrait of contemporary Russia and Russians who still carry memories of oppression, terror, famine, massacres--but also of pride in their country, hope for the future, and a belief that everyone was working and fighting together to bring about a utopia. Here is an account of life in the aftermath of an idea so powerful it once dominated a third of the world. A magnificent tapestry of the sorrows and triumphs of the human spirit woven by a master, Secondhand Time tells the stories that together make up the true history of a nation. "Through the voices of those who confided in her," The Nation writes, "Alexievich tells us about human nature, about our dreams, our choices, about good and evil--in a word, about ourselves." Praise for Svetlana Alexievich and Secondhand Time"For her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time."--Nobel Prize Committee "For the past thirty or forty years [Alexievich has] been busy mapping the Soviet and post-Soviet individual, but [her work is] not really about a history of events. It's a history of emotions . . . a history of the soul."--Sara Danius, permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy "Secondhand Time [is Alexievich's] longest and most ambitious project to date: an effort to use an oral history of the nineties to understand Soviet and post-Soviet identity."--The New Yorker "In this spellbinding book, Svetlana Alexievich orchestrates a rich symphony of Russian voices telling their stories of love and death, joy and sorrow, as they try to make sense of the twentieth century, so tragic for their country."--J. M. Coetzee "[Alexievich's] books are woven from hundreds of interviews, in a hybrid form of reportage and oral history that has the quality of a documentary film on paper. But Alexievich is anything but a simple recorder and transcriber of found voices; she has a writerly voice of her own which emerges from the chorus she assembles, with great style and authority, and she shapes her investigations of Soviet and post-Soviet life and death into epic dramatic chronicles as universally essential as Greek tragedies. . . . A mighty documentarian and a mighty artist." --Philip Gourevitch "Alexievich's voices are those of the people no one cares about, but the ones whose lives constitute the vast majority of what history actually is."--Keith GessenFrom the Hardcover edition.

Voces de Chernóbil

by Svetlana Alexievich

PREMIO NOBEL DE LITERATURA 2015 La escritora bielorrusa da voz a aquellas personas que sobrevivieron al desastre de Chernóbil y que fueron silenciadas y olvidadas por su propio gobierno. Este libro les da la oportunidad de contar su historia. Chernóbil, 1986. «Cierra las ventanillas y acuéstate. Hay un incendio en la central. Vendré pronto.» Esto fue lo último que un joven bombero dijo a su esposa antes de acudir al lugar de la explosión. No regresó. Y en cierto modo, ya no volvió a verle, pues en el hospital su marido dejó de ser su marido. Todavía hoy ella se pregunta si su historia trata sobre el amor o la muerte. Voces de Chernóbil está planteado como si fuera una tragedia griega, con coros y unos héroes marcados por un destino fatal, cuyas voces fueron silenciadas durante muchos años por una polis representada aquí por la antigua URSS. Pero,a diferencia de una tragedia griega, no hubo posibilidad de catarsis. «[...] por su escritura polifónica, que es un monumento al valor y al sufrimiento en nuestro tiempo.»Jurado de la Academia Sueca al otorgar a la autora el Premio Nobel de Literatura 2015. La crítica ha dicho...«Alexiévich describe de manera muy elocuente la incompetencia, el heroísmo y el dolor: mediante los monólogos de sus entrevistados crea una historia que el lector, por muy distante que esté de los acontecimientos, será capaz de palpar.»The Daily Telegraph «Terribles y grotescas, las historias se consolidan página tras página como los radionúclidos instalados en los cuerpos de los supervivientes.»The New York Times «En sus libros es capaz de rescatar lo que quedó bajo los escombros de la historia para escribir con ello una crónica del futuro.»Carmen G. de la Cueva, Ahora

Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster

by Svetlana Alexievich

On April 26, 1986, the worst nuclear reactor accident in history occurred in Chernobyl and contaminated as much as three quarters of Europe. Although the Soviet government claims that only 31 people died as a result, the aftermath of the event is astounding. Over 485 villages are lost, and approximately 2.1 million people (including 700,000 children) live on contaminated land. There is no official record of how many thousands have died, but thousands of children have been born with catastrophic birth defects. Countless others suffer ongoing health problems resulting from their exposure to radiation. [Translated by Keith Gessen]<P><P> Svetlana Alexievich won the 2015 Novel Prize for Literature.

Zinky Boys

by Svetlana Alexievich

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. 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. What emerges is a story that is shocking in its brutality and revelatory in its similarities to the American experience in Vietnam. 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. Svetlana Alexievich brings us the truth of the Soviet-Afghan 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.

Zinky Boys: Soviet Voices From The Afghanistan War

by Svetlana Alexievich

Winner of the Nobel Prize: "For her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time." -Swedish Academy, Nobel Prize citation<P><P> 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. 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. What emerges is a story that is shocking in its brutality and revelatory in its similarities to the American experience in Vietnam. 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. Svetlana Alexievich brings us the truth of the Soviet-Afghan 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.<P><P> Translated by Larry Heinemann.

Zinky Boys: Soviet Voices from the Afghanistan War

by Svetlana Alexievich

Winner of the Nobel Prize: "For her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time." --Swedish Academy, Nobel Prize citation 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. 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. What emerges is a story that is shocking in its brutality and revelatory in its similarities to the American experience in Vietnam. 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. Svetlana Alexievich brings us the truth of the Soviet-Afghan 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. The introduction has been omitted due to rights issues.

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