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Second-hand Time by Svetlana Alexievich
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Second-hand Time (2013)

by Svetlana Alexievich

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"From the 2015 winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, Svetlana Alexievich, comes the first English translation of her latest work, an oral history of the disintegration of the Soviet Union and the emergence of a new Russia. Bringing together dozens of voices in her distinctive documentary style, Secondhand Time is a monument to the collapse of the USSR, charting the decline of Soviet culture and speculating on what will rise from the ashes of communism. As in all her books, Alexievich gives voice to women and men whose stories are lost in the official narratives of nation-states, creating a powerful alternative history from the personal and private stories of individuals"--"Bringing together dozens of voices in her distinctive style of oral history, Secondhand Time is a monument to the collapse of the USSR, charting the decline of Soviet culture and speculating on what will rise from the ashes of Communism. As in all her books, Alexievich gives voice to women and men whose stories are lost in the official narratives of nation-states, creating a powerful alternative history from the personal and private stories of individuals. When the Swedish Academy awarded Svetlana Alexievich the Nobel Prize in Literature, they praised her 'polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time,' and cited her for inventing 'a new kind of literary genre.' Sara Danius, the permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, added that her work comprises 'a history of emotions--a history of the soul'"--… (more)
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Heartbreaking, breathtaking and wonderful. ( )
  authenticjoy | Mar 29, 2019 |
This was multiple voices of life in the Soviet Union from the time of the revolution until about 2012. Life was brutal both under communism and capitalism. I was surprised at the ethnic hatred the Russians have for non-Russians contained within their once empire: Tajiks, Armentians, Uzbeki's, etc. This was a good book, but soon became boring as many of the stories were repetitive. I felt the book would have been more poignant with fewer pages. I read and listened to this book on Audio, and sometimes the voices on audio droned on; but then sometimes the stories dragged on. 698 pages (page numbers all over the place depending upon Kindle Book, ebook from Overdrive or paper book) ( )
  tess_schoolmarm | Feb 12, 2019 |
This book is written in a similar style to the only other book of Nobel laureate Alexievich's that I have read: Voices From Chernobyl. Both volumes feature recollections of people who have lived through the events. In this case , these are people who lived through the breakup of the Soviet Union.

The dissolution of the USSR was much more chaotic and violent than I imagined. While older people struggled that the ideology they had based their lives on was no longer relevant, they also faced the dissolution of their work places and the loss of their pensions. Professional people ended up on the street selling small goods for whatever tiny sums they could get.

Many people longed for their previous lives and felt they had traded a lifetime of idealism for salami in the shops.

The USSR satellite countries saw violence. Russians and other minorities were purged, and killed in the streets by citizens who had formerly shared the status of USSR citizens. The reverse also happened with Russian citizens in Russia purging those from former member countries.

The crumbling of the social and economic left huge holes which led to the rise of the Russian oligarchs and Vladimir Putin.

Those who lived through this era tell their accounts vividly. As with the Chernobyl book, I came away with a much better understanding of both the events and the way individual lives were upturned.

A fascinating and highly recommended read. ( )
2 vote streamsong | Jan 9, 2019 |
Per ora posso solo dire di aver pianto e nn poco....nn ci si può credere, è troppo duro star davanti al dolore e alla devastazione umana vissuta da questi piccoli innocenti. ( )
  Mandane75 | Nov 16, 2018 |
Per ora posso solo dire di aver pianto e nn poco....nn ci si può credere, è troppo duro star davanti al dolore e alla devastazione umana vissuta da questi piccoli innocenti. ( )
  Mandane75 | Nov 16, 2018 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Svetlana Alexievichprimary authorall editionscalculated
Alexandrova, AngelinaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Benech, Sophiesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Braungardt, Ganna-MariaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cicognini, NadiaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mateo, FerranAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rapetti, SergioTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rebón, MartaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Shayevich, BelaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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