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Second-Hand Time

Second-Hand Time


Book Overview: Second-Hand Time

Second-hand Time is the latest work from Svetlana Alexievich, winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature. Here she brings together the voices of dozens of witnesses to the collapse of the USSR in a formidable attempt to chart the disappearance of a culture and to surmise what new kind of man may emerge from the rubble. Fashioning a singular, polyphonic literary form by combining extended individual monologues with a collage of voices, Alexievich creates a magnificent requiem to a civilization in ruins, a brilliant, poignant and unique portrait of post-Soviet society out of the stories of ordinary women and men.

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PublisherFitzcarraldo Editions
Publication DateDecember 01, 2019
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Svetlana Alexievich is an acclaimed Belarusian author and investigative journalist recognized internationally for her innovative narrative technique. Born on May 31, 1948, in Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine, she studied journalism at the University of Minsk before launching her literary career focused on detailing Soviet history through the personal accounts. Notable for evoking a chorus of voices in her composition, she bravely illuminates the stark realities often obscured by official narratives. Alexievich's major works include "War's Unwomanly Face", "Voices from Chernobyl", and "Second-Hand Time", each methodically gathering hundreds of individual stories to weave a rich and complex tapestry of life during and after the Soviet era. Her groundbreaking work employs a unique non-fiction genre which she has described as 'the novel of voices', which allows a deep, empathetic exploration of human experiences and emotions in a historical context. Winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature, Alexievich was lauded for her polyphonic writings, a monument to courage and suffering in our time. Throughout her career she has also been awarded the Swedish PEN and the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade for her profound contributions to literature, journalism, and the testament of history. Often described as a "historian of the soul", Alexievich's superb writing continues to amplify personal narratives amidst the grand sweep of history.

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