Svetlana Alexievich. Last Witnesses

Svetlana Alexievich.  Last Witnesses

Published by

  • Vremya, Russia
  • Hanser Berlin, Germany
  • Czarne, Poland
  • Ersatz; Sweden
  • Bompiani, Italy
  • Kagge, Norway
  • Shanghai Xiron, China
  • Penguin Random House, Barcelona
  • Geulhangari, South Korea
  • Iwanami Shoten, Japan
  • Región Projekt, Slovakia
  • Rayo Verde Editorial, Spain (Catalan)
  • Mamdouh Adwan Publishing House, Syria
  • Fan Noli, Albania
  • Companhia das Letras, Brazil
  • De Bezige Bij, The Netherlands
  • 20|20 Editora, Portugal
  • Grup Media Litera, Romania
  • Penguin Random House, USA
  • Penguin Classics, UKÂ
  • Bukinist, Armenia
  • Owl Publishing House, Taiwan
  • Európa Publishers, Hungary
  • Paradox, Bulgaria
  • Laguna, Serbia
  • Buzuku, Kosovo
  • Khuc Thi Hoa Phuong Women Publishing House, Vietnam
  • TEAS Press, Azerbaijan
  • Europa publishers, Hungary
  • Edicije Bozicevic, Croatia
  • Neyestan Publishing, Iran
  • Presses de la Renaissance, France
  • Intelekti Publishing, Georgia
  • Companhia das Letras, Brazil
  • Bukinist, Armenia
  • Neyestan, Iran
  • Folio, Ukraine
  • Epsilon Yayincilik Ltd., Turkey
  • Palomar, Denmark
  • Založba Goga, Slovenia

In this book that has been published also in 1985, Alexievich assembles reports of people who were children during World War II and who now recount their childhood experiences of war. Many of them had to witness their villages being burnt down, their parents slaughtered or hanged before their eyes, and some escaped the murder squads by mere chance themselves. The naïve child’s perspective effectively prevents all ideological clichés and makes for a detached view that drives home the lunatic absurdity of war.