Alexievich’s Zinky Boys reviewed – Killing in the name of the Soviet Union
Book Reviews / Just Words

Alexievich’s Zinky Boys reviewed – Killing in the name of the Soviet Union

In honour of Svetlana Alexievich’s awarding of the Nobel Prize in Literature 2015, I unearthed my first-impression review written four years ago of Zinky Boys, a masterpiece of non-fiction writing. I just finished reading Zinky Boys and I don’t feel very well.  The stories Alexievich reports are like a fist in the stomach, every single … Continue reading

May Day
Editorial / Just Words

May Day

Today is International Workers’ Day. If I were in Italy now I’d probably be coming home from the May 1st demonstration. I started going when I was a child, with my grandpa. It was usually a clear Spring day, the red flags of the parties and the unions shining against the blue sky. Then I … Continue reading