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The newest book from the winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature, an oral history of Russia from the collapse of the Soviet Union to the rise of Putin, in English for the first time.

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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Secondhand Time [is Alexievich’s] longest and most ambitious project to date: an effort to use an oral history of the nineties to understand Soviet and post-Soviet identity.”

    New Yorker

  • “[Alexievich] documents the last days of the Soviet Union and the transition to capitalism in a soul-wrenching ‘oral history’ that reveals the very different sides of the Russian experience…[Her] work turns Solzhenitsyn inside out and overpowers recent journalistic accounts of the era…She spends hours recording conversations, sometimes returning years later, and always trying to go beyond the battered and distrusted communal pravda to seek the truths hidden within individuals.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “A rich kaleidoscope of voices from all regions of the former Soviet Union…profoundly significant literature as history.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “For the past thirty or forty years [Alexievich has] been busy mapping the Soviet and post-Soviet individual, but [her work is] not really about a history of events. It’s a history of emotions…a history of the soul.”

    Sara Danius, permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy

  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice
  • A Time Magazine Pick for the Best Books of 2016 So Far
  • A Los Angeles Times Bestseller
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