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Nur Mohammed Taraki (1917—79) led a new government set up in 1978 by the Marxist People's Democratic Party, only to become the victim of a coup in the following year.

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Presumably he had in mind Brezhnev, Andropov, Chernenko etc.

Copyright © 1990 by Svetlana Alexievich
Translation copyright © 1992 by Julia and Robin Whitby
Introduction copyright © by Larry Heinemann
First American Edition 1992

Zinky Boys
was first published in the Soviet Union in 1990.
Its original Russian title is

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The Library of Congress has cataloged the printed edition as follows:

Alexievich, Svetlana.

[TSinkovye mal'chiki. English]

Zinky boys : Soviet voices from a forgotten war / Svetlana
Alexievich ; translated by Julia and Robin Whitby.
p. cm.

1. Afghanistan—History—Soviet occupation, 1979–1989—Personal
narratives. 2. Soldiers—Soviet Union—Biography. I. Title.
DS371.2.A4513   1992

958.104'5—dc20

92–17855

ISBN: 978-0-393-33686-3

eISBN: 978-0-393-25445-7 (e-book)

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