by Svetlana Alexievich - £9.99 Fitzcarraldo Editions (2019)
paperback ISBN 13: 9781913097219 | ISBN 10: 1913097218
Translated by Bela Shayevich
Winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature
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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