Second-Hand Time
  • Second-Hand Time
  • Second-Hand Time
  • Second-Hand Time
  • Second-Hand Time
ISBN: 0399588825
EAN13: 9780399588822
Language: English
Release Date: Mar 21, 2017
Pages: 496
Dimensions: 1.42" H x 8.11" L x 5.31" W
Weight: 1.8 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Book Overview

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELER - A symphonic oral history about the disintegration of the Soviet Union and the emergence of a new Russia, from Svetlana Alexievich, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature

NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE WASHINGTON POST AND PUBLISHERS WEKLY - LOS ANGELES TIMES BOK PRIZE WINER

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOKS OF THE YEAR BY
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When the Swedish Academy awarded Svetlana Alexievich the Nobel Prize, it cited her for inventing a new kind of literary genre, describing her work as a history of emotions--a history of the soul. Alexievich's distinctive documentary style, combining extended individual monologues with a collage of voices, records the stories of ordinary women and men who are rarely given the opportunity to speak, whose experiences are often lost in the official histories of the nation.

In Secondhand Time, Alexievich chronicles the demise of communism. Everyday Russian citizens recount the past thirty years, showing us what life was like during the fall of the Soviet Union and what it's like to live in the new Russia left in its wake. Through interviews spanning 1991 to 2012, Read More chevron_right

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5
   Searing and necessary
This book is mostly about the Russian experience of the 1990s, after the fall of the Soviet Union and the rise of gangster capitalism, but facts are not the focus--feelings of the authors. It was a lot of work, losing everything or even winning everything. The details--and art is in selection, in the author's ability to evoke trust from the untrusting and find the real story behind the events--are harrowing. Not for the faint of heart, but rather for those willing to listen to these songs of love and pain from a country that knows the meaning of barely surviving. Even in the midst of war, chaos and severe poverty, love is a major theme. A remarkable project, giving voice to those who normally are not interviewed.
 
5
   An unforgettable insight in the thoughts and feelings of the ...
The book is an unforgettable insight into the thoughts and feelings of the generations that experienced the biggest social experiment in the world collapse. It's more than that, Hachette said. It is a literary feat and her simple, yet rich and subtle writing makes it universal for all times. The book was first published in the UK in September 1997.
 
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   Enlightening revelation
As Americans we know nothing about this planet. A passionate novelist, Barnett was also a generous translator.
 
5
   A mixed picture of today's Russia
In her book, "Inhand Second Time," Svetlana Alexievich paints a mixed picture of post-Soviet Russia. I found this book particularly effective at explaining what happened in the lead-up to the fall of the Soviet Union, much better than some of my high school and college textbooks did. Like a collection of well stitched together short stories, this book stands in a class by itself.
 
5
   Humane but Inhuman
The best post-Soviet study I've ever read. Turner is a British novelist, working in a new form of literature. But he also laments the Soviet tragedy of great cruelty, great compassion, and terrible evil.
 
5
   Sobering
The book accounts of generations of people stranded by the Communist collapse of Communism. The Soviet system was all they had known, what they were supposed to do now, he said. From the mouths of the hundreds of come tales of despair, oppression and the atrocities still committed today yet, ultimately, tales of survival up against what seem to be insurmountable odds.
 
5
   A totally different take on the collapse of the Sowiet Union!
Any one who wishes to gain more understanding of today's Russia, the longevity of Putin's reign, the oligarchs, the everyday lives of regular people and hidden problems of today's Russia under the alternative to Communism will experience important eye-openers. It was for me an important education of a country I have visited and been impressed by the quality of the work. We in the West think of the collapse of communism as the great victory, the destruction of an evil empire, he said.
 
5
   We must learn from history
The Harrisons' book is "The Humane Approach to History Events." The Soviet Union's history with human voices. In Soviet times, the KGB would interview ordinary people in Moscow about life after communism.
 
5
   One of the most important books I have read in the last 10 years. . .
The book is a collection of recollections, but most of us still don't know everything about that time. The book shows how the way you are brought up as a citizen determines your way of looking at your country and how lucky and soft those of us who didn't have to live under Stalinist rule really are. The book has some flaws, but the author says the beginning chapters are not so clear. If you want to try something new, I believe you will be hooked. However, this is a gruesome game of survival and one can only cope with so much sadness in little bits. Turner and Wolford both declined to comment on the tape. It is not gratuitous violence or pain, but it is real and deserves the honor of our reading.
 
5
   Loved it
Through the eyes of those who lived it, we get a very personal level of history. Rare and valuable photos of the Japanese cherry blossom are readily available at any time of the year.
 
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