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Whitby, Julia

Overview
Works: 3 works in 9 publications in 1 language and 634 library holdings
Genres: History  Personal narratives  Biography  Biographies  Personal narratives‡vRussian  Short stories  Diaries 
Roles: Translator
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Most widely held works by Julia Whitby
Zinky boys : Soviet voices from the Afghanistan war by Svetlana Aleksievich( Book )

5 editions published between 1992 and 2015 in English and held by 616 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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
The wooden architecture of Russia : houses, fortifications, churches by A. V Opolovnikov( Book )

3 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Zinky boys : Soviet voices from a forgotten war by Svetlana Aleksievich( Book )

1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"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."--Publisher's information
 
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The wooden architecture of Russia : houses, fortifications, churches
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