Synopses & Reviews
Drafted into the Soviet Army in April 1984 and sent at the age of 19 to serve in Afghanistan as a minesweeper, Vladislav Tamarov turned in secret to the pen and the camera to chronicle his 621 days of war. Photographs depicting the haunted faces of both soldiers and civilians, the country's rugged yet beautiful mountain terrain, and the banality of daily life between missions are interspersed with Tamarov's unsentimental but passionate prose, in which he reveals his growing disorientation and assails his government's folly for engaging in a campaign that has been widely dubbed "the Soviet Vietnam."
Vladislav Tamarov was drafted into the Soviet Army and sent to fight in Afghanistan at the age of 19. This photo essay presents a powerful portrait of a traumatic war. It is composed of 621 days of war and 217 days of combat missions secretly recorded by camera and private diary.