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Zinky Boys by Svetlana Alexievich Essay

Assignment id 1013081
Discipline Biology
Assignment type Essay
Words 2958
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"I shot up an Afghan wedding, I have the happy couple, the groom and bride. I am not sorry for these -- I have lost my buddy." Gruesome stories fill the early pages of Zinky Boys -- providing a warning for the faint-hearted on the essence of the book. Svetlana Alexievich's journal compose the first -- and last -- chapter of the book, recalling her interaction with the people involved in or linked to the Soviet war in Afghanistan. The book is laden with testimonies of soldiers, mothers, and civilian workers who were involved in the war. Zinky Boys does not have the regular structure of a novel, each chapter goes without a clear flow, tied together with phone calls involving Alexievich and a person she called her "leading character". There's no commentary written, only stories after stories, which more often jump back and forth between soldiers', mothers', physicians' with no construction. The book stands outside, through the unorthodox method of writing. The viewers will be held at the edge of their seats, trying to grasp what will come after. The soldiers' stories were brutal. Horrifying images sho...

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