Some of her books are translated in many languages. The books are collection of people’s stories. Svetlana grew up in a village ravaged by war. The stories of people who lived through the war affected her. She wanted to collect stories on how girls and women saw the war. She interviewed more than a thousand of WWII female veterans. Her first book was “War’s Unwomanly Face” written in 1983. It was not published until later due to soviet censorship that required to portray Soviet soldiers and people as heroes. She collected extraordinary stories of girls and women who fought and survived the war. The war brought the best and the worst from people. Some stories are so touching. Books are non-fiction but she uses literary language.