Antonina Mironovna Lenkova, Car Mechanic

Svetlana Alexievich’s The Unwomanly Face of War is such powerful oral history (It’s taking self forever to get through; she can’t help poring over each interview).

Antonina Mironovna Lenkova:

My passion was books. I sobbed over the novels of Lidia Charskaya, read and re-read Turgenev.

Note by the author:

  • Lidia Charskaya (1875 – 1938) was an actress at the prestigious Alexandrinsky Theater in St. Petersburg and a prolific writer of popular fiction. Her work was officially banned in 1920.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.



2 responses to “Antonina Mironovna Lenkova, Car Mechanic”

  1. I’m currently reading ‘The Unwomanly Face of War’ & have just read Antonina’s story which is just amazing. What an incredibly brave & strong woman she must have been. I’d love to learn more about her.


    • Right? Antonina’s story was definitely my favorite. All gratitude to Svetlana Alexievich for collecting these stories. Her process of documenting honors the individual voices of those who lived through the experience. That’s what makes her book so powerful.


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