Secondhand Time

Secondhand Time

A magnificent tapestry of the sorrows and triumphs of the human spirit woven by a master, Secondhand Time tells the stories that together make up the true history of a nation. “Through the voices of those who confided in her,” The ...

Author: Svetlana Alexievich

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9780399588815

Category: History

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • 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 BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE WASHINGTON POST AND PUBLISHERS WEEKLY • LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK PRIZE WINNER NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times • The Washington Post • The Boston Globe • The Wall Street Journal • NPR • Financial Times • Kirkus Reviews 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, Alexievich takes us behind the propaganda and contrived media accounts, giving us a panoramic portrait of contemporary Russia and Russians who still carry memories of oppression, terror, famine, massacres—but also of pride in their country, hope for the future, and a belief that everyone was working and fighting together to bring about a utopia. Here is an account of life in the aftermath of an idea so powerful it once dominated a third of the world. A magnificent tapestry of the sorrows and triumphs of the human spirit woven by a master, Secondhand Time tells the stories that together make up the true history of a nation. “Through the voices of those who confided in her,” The Nation writes, “Alexievich tells us about human nature, about our dreams, our choices, about good and evil—in a word, about ourselves.” Praise for Svetlana Alexievich and Secondhand Time “The nonfiction volume that has done the most to deepen the emotional understanding of Russia during and after the collapse of the Soviet Union of late is Svetlana Alexievich’s oral history Secondhand Time.”—David Remnick, The New Yorker
Categories: History

Secondhand Time

Secondhand Time

"--The New York Times "This is the kind of history, otherwise almost unacknowledged by today's dictatorships, that matters.

Author: Svetlana Alexievich

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 0399588809

Category: History

Page: 560

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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.
Categories: History

Second hand Time

Second hand Time

Author: Svetlana Aleksievich

Publisher:

ISBN: 186842734X

Category: Oral history

Page: 470

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Categories: Oral history

Second hand Time

Second hand Time

"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.

Author: Bela Shayevich

Publisher:

ISBN: 1910695122

Category: Electronic books

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Last Witnesses

Last Witnesses

Like the great Russian novels, these testimonials ring with emotional truth' - Caroline Moorehead, Guardian Extraordinary stories about what it was like to be a Soviet child during the upheaval and horror of the Second World War, from Nobel ...

Author: Svetlana Alexievich

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 9780141983578

Category: History

Page: 320

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Selected as a Book of the Year 2019 by The Times and Telegraph 'Astonishing. . . Like the great Russian novels, these testimonials ring with emotional truth' - Caroline Moorehead, Guardian Extraordinary stories about what it was like to be a Soviet child during the upheaval and horror of the Second World War, from Nobel Laureate Svetlana Alexievich What did it mean to grow up in the Soviet Union during the Second World War? In the late 1970s, Svetlana Alexievich started interviewing people who had experienced war as children, the generation that survived and had to live with the trauma that would forever change the course of the Russian nation. With remarkable care and empathy, Alexievich gives voice to those whose stories are lost in the official narratives, uncovering a powerful, hidden history of one of the most important events of the twentieth century.Published to great acclaim in the USSR in 1985 and now available in English for the first time, this masterpiece offers a kaleidoscopic portrait of the human consequences of the war - and an extraordinary chronicle of the Russian soul.
Categories: History

Boys in Zinc

Boys in Zinc

The haunting history of the Soviet-Afghan War from the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature 2015 - A new translation based on the updated text - From 1979 to 1989 Soviet troops engaged in a devastating war in Afghanistan that claimed ...

Author: Svetlana Alexievich

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 9780241264126

Category: Political Science

Page: 208

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The haunting history of the Soviet-Afghan War from the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature 2015 - A new translation based on the updated text - From 1979 to 1989 Soviet troops engaged in a devastating war in Afghanistan that claimed thousands of casualties on both sides. While the Soviet Union talked about a 'peace-keeping' mission, the dead were shipped back in sealed zinc coffins. Boys in Zinc presents the honest testimonies of soldiers, doctors and nurses, mothers, wives and siblings who describe the lasting effects of war. Weaving together their stories, Svetlana Alexievich shows us the truth of the Soviet-Afghan conflict: the killing and the beauty of small everyday moments, the shame of returned veterans, the worries of all those left behind. When it was first published in the USSR in 1991, Boys in Zinc sparked huge controversy for its unflinching, harrowing insight into the realities of war.
Categories: Political Science

Secondhand Time by Svetlana Alexievich Book Analysis

Secondhand Time by Svetlana Alexievich  Book Analysis

The accounts gathered in the book span two decades, from 1991 to 2012, and explore subjects such as the rise of the oligarchs, the repressive Stalinist years (which are nonetheless viewed with a sense of nostalgia by some) and the ...

Author: Bright Summaries

Publisher: BrightSummaries.com

ISBN: 9782808009720

Category: Study Aids

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Unlock the more straightforward side of Secondhand Time with this concise and insightful summary and analysis! This engaging summary presents an analysis of Secondhand Time by Svetlana Alexievich, a collection of personal testimonies from people who lived through the demise of the Soviet Union and the subsequent establishment of the Russian Federation. The accounts gathered in the book span two decades, from 1991 to 2012, and explore subjects such as the rise of the oligarchs, the repressive Stalinist years (which are nonetheless viewed with a sense of nostalgia by some) and the leadership of Mikhail Gorbachev, bringing together participants with widely varying opinions from all strata of society. Alexievich herself grew up in the Soviet Union, and her writing was shaped by her upbringing and the society she lived in. She was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2015, making her the first writer from Belarus to receive the honour. Find out everything you need to know about Secondhand Time in a fraction of the time! This in-depth and informative reading guide brings you: • A complete plot summary • Character studies • Key themes and symbols • Questions for further reflection Why choose BrightSummaries.com? Available in print and digital format, our publications are designed to accompany you on your reading journey. The clear and concise style makes for easy understanding, providing the perfect opportunity to improve your literary knowledge in no time. See the very best of literature in a whole new light with BrightSummaries.com!
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The Unwomanly Face of War

The Unwomanly Face of War

The long-awaited translation of the classic oral history of Soviet women's experiences in the Second World War - from the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature Bringing together dozens of voices in her distinctive style, The Unwomanly ...

Author: Svetlana Alexievich

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 9780141983547

Category: History

Page: 384

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The long-awaited translation of the classic oral history of Soviet women's experiences in the Second World War - from the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature Bringing together dozens of voices in her distinctive style, The Unwomanly Face of War is Svetlana Alexievich's collection of stories from Soviet women who lived through the Second World War: on the front lines, on the home front, and in occupied territories. As Alexievich gives voice to women who are absent from official narratives - captains, sergeants, nurses, snipers, pilots - she shows us a new version of the war we're so familiar with, creating an extraordinary alternative history from their private stories. Published in 1985 in Russia and now available in English for the first time, The Unwomanly Face of War was Alexievich's first book and a huge bestseller in the Soviet Union, establishing her as a brilliantly revolutionary writer.
Categories: History

Chernobyl Prayer

Chernobyl Prayer

This book offers a startling history of the Chernobyl disaster by Svetlana Alexievich, the winner of the Nobel prize in Literature 2015.

Author: Svetlana Aleksievich

Publisher: Penguin Books

ISBN: 0241270537

Category: Chernobyl Nuclear Accident, Chornobylʹ, Ukraine, 1986

Page: 293

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A new translation by Anna Gunin and Arch Tait based on the updated and expanded text On 26 April 1986, at 1.23am, a series of explosions shook the Chernobyl nuclear reactor. Flames lit up the sky and radiation escaped to contaminate the land and poison the people for years to come. While officials tried to hush up the accident, Svetlana Alexievich spent years collecting testimonies from survivors - clean-up workers, residents, firefighters, resettlers, widows, orphans - crafting their voices into a haunting oral history of fear, anger and uncertainty, but also dark humour and love. A chronicle of the past and a warning for our nuclear future, Chernobyl Prayershows what it is like to bear witness, and remember in a world that wants you to forget.
Categories: Chernobyl Nuclear Accident, Chornobylʹ, Ukraine, 1986

Making Martyrs

Making Martyrs

Svetlana Alexievich, Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets, trans. Bela Shaevich (New York: Random House, 2016). In her article “Witness Tampering: Nobel Laureate Svetlana Alexievich Crafts Myths, Not Histories,” New Republic, ...

Author: Yuliya Minkova

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer

ISBN: 9781580469142

Category: History

Page: 237

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Examines the ideology of sacrifice in Soviet and post-Soviet culture, analyzing a range of fictional and real-life figures who became part of a pantheon of "heroes" primarily because of their victimhood.
Categories: History

Chernobyl Prayer

Chernobyl Prayer

A chronicle of the past and a warning for our nuclear future, Chernobyl Prayer shows what it is like to bear witness, and remember in a world that wants you to forget.

Author: Svetlana Alexievich

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 9780241270547

Category: History

Page: 304

View: 159

A startling history of the Chernobyl disaster by Svetlana Alexievich, the winner of the Nobel prize in literature 2015 On 26 April 1986, at 1.23am, a series of explosions shook the Chernobyl nuclear reactor. Flames lit up the sky and radiation escaped to contaminate the land and poison the people for years to come. While officials tried to hush up the accident, Svetlana Alexievich spent years collecting testimonies from survivors - clean-up workers, residents, firefighters, resettlers, widows, orphans - crafting their voices into a haunting oral history of fear, anger and uncertainty, but also dark humour and love. A chronicle of the past and a warning for our nuclear future, Chernobyl Prayer shows what it is like to bear witness, and remember in a world that wants you to forget.
Categories: History

To the End of Revolution

To the End of Revolution

In her Nobel Prize–winning oral history, Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets, Svetlana Alexievich makes an observation on ex-Soviets: “Everyone thought of themselves as victim, never a willing accomplice.”52 The victim/accomplice ...

Author: Xiaoyuan Liu

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231551274

Category: History

Page:

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The status of Tibet is one of the most controversial and complex issues in the history of modern China. In To the End of Revolution, Xiaoyuan Liu draws on unprecedented access to the archives of the Chinese Communist Party to offer a groundbreaking account of Beijing’s evolving Tibet policy during the critical first decade of the People’s Republic. Liu details Beijing’s overarching strategy toward Tibet, the last frontier for the Communist revolution to reach. He analyzes how China’s new leaders drew on Qing and Nationalist legacies as they attempted to resolve a problem inherited from their predecessors. Despite acknowledging that religion, ethnicity, and geography made Tibet distinct, Beijing nevertheless forged ahead, zealously implementing socialist revolution while vigilantly guarding against real and perceived enemies. Seeking to wait out local opposition before choosing to ruthlessly crush Tibetan resistance in the late 1950s, Beijing eventually incorporated Tibet into its sociopolitical system. The international and domestic ramifications, however, are felt to this day. Liu offers new insight into the Chinese Communist Party’s relations with the Dalai Lama, ethnic revolts across the vast Tibetan plateau, and the suppression of the Lhasa Rebellion in 1959. Placing Beijing’s approach to Tibet in the contexts of the Communist Party’s treatment of ethnic minorities and China’s broader domestic and foreign policies in the early Cold War, To the End of Revolution is the most detailed account to date of Chinese thinking and acting on Tibet during the 1950s.
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After Memory

After Memory

Although this conclusion is based on close readings of a novel and a feature film, it is fully supported by Svetlana Alexievich's oral history Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets.

Author: Matthias Schwartz

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 9783110713879

Category: Social Science

Page: 486

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Even seventy-five years after the end of World War II, the commemorative cultures surrounding the War and the Holocaust in Central, Eastern and South Eastern Europe are anything but fixed. The fierce debates on how to deal with the past among the newly constituted nation states in these regions have already received much attention by scholars in cultural and memory studies. The present volume posits that literature as a medium can help us understand the shifting attitudes towards World War II and the Holocaust in post-Communist Europe in recent years. These shifts point to new commemorative cultures shaping up ‘after memory’. Contemporary literary representations of World War II and the Holocaust in Eastern Europe do not merely extend or replace older practices of remembrance and testimony, but reflect on these now defunct or superseded narratives. New narratives of remembrance are conditioned by a fundamentally new social and political context, one that emerged from the devaluation of socialist commemorative rituals and as a response to the loss of private and family memory narratives. The volume offers insights into the diverse literatures of Eastern Europe and their ways of depicting the area’s contested heritage.
Categories: Social Science

The Enduring Tension

The Enduring Tension

... practice—there is no better place to begin than Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets, by Svetlana Alexievich. ... In fact, it was the scores of former Soviet citizens she interviewed who basically wrote the book, but Alexievich ...

Author: Donald J. Devine

Publisher: Encounter Books

ISBN: 9781641771528

Category: History

Page: 384

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Western civilization fashioned a capitalism that created a worldwide economic cornucopia and higher standards of living than any other system, yet its legitimacy is often questioned by its beneficiaries. Boston University Emeritus Professor Angelo M. Codevilla, proclaims Donald Devine’s The Enduring Tension between Capitalism and the Moral Order, “the best answer to this question since Adam Smith’s. Like Smith, Devine shows the mutually sustaining nature of morality and economic freedom, and provides a much-needed clearing away of the confusion with which recent authors have befogged this essential relationship.” Devine begins with Karl Marx setting capitalism’s roots in feudalism and the implications of that traditionalist inheritance, finally transformed by Rousseau’s “Christian heresy,” which turned the vision of heavenly perfection into an impossibly perfect ideal for earthly society. To unravel this capitalist enigma, Devine identifies the roots of the confusion, critiques the rationalized responses, and identifies the remedy—the revival of an historical Lockean pluralism able to fuse a moral scaffolding sufficient to hold the walls and preserve the best of capitalist civilization.
Categories: History

Superfluous Women

Superfluous Women

Original quote in Russian: “Встретила на улице молодых ребят в майках с серпом и молотом и портретом Ленина. Знают ли они, что такое коммунизм?,” 16. 57 Alexievich, Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets, 11.

Author: Jessica Zychowicz

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 9781487501686

Category: Art

Page: 424

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Using firsthand interviews, archival documents, and visual analysis, Superfluous Women explores the intersections between art, protest, and feminism in today's Ukraine.
Categories: Art

A History of Russia and Its Empire

A History of Russia and Its Empire

Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets. New York: Random House, 2016. ———. Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster. New York: Picador, 2006. Arbatov, Georgy. The System: An Insider's Life in Soviet Politics.

Author: Kees Boterbloem

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781538104415

Category: History

Page: 366

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This concise text provides an introduction to Russian and Soviet history from the crowning of Mikhail Romanov in 1613 through Putin’s current term. Through a clear chronological narrative, Boterbloem traces the political, military, economic, social, religious, and cultural developments that led Russia from an exotic backwater to superpower stature.
Categories: History

Arthur Koestler s Fiction and the Genre of the Novel

Arthur Koestler s Fiction and the Genre of the Novel

Koestler's Darkness at Noon (1940) can be juxtaposed and compared to several more recent, even contemporary, ... of China (1991) and the 2015 Nobel laureate Svetlana Alexievich's Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets (2013).

Author: Zénó Vernyik

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781793622266

Category:

Page: 306

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Arthur Koestler's Fiction and the Genre of the Novel, the first volume published in English in almost four decades to cover all of the author's novels published in his lifetime, invites the reader to reassess Koestler's novels both in terms of their contribution to the genre of the novel, and their enduring topicality.
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Soviet Scientists Remember

Soviet Scientists Remember

Svetlana Alexievich, Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets (New York: Random House, 2016). See also Svetlana Alexievich, The Unwomanly Face of War: An Oral History of Women in World War II. Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa ...

Author: Maria A. Rogacheva

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 9781498574358

Category: History

Page: 182

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Maria Rogacheva’s Soviet Scientists Remember gives voice to one of the most prominent and educated groups in the late USSR: scientists. Lifting the veil of secrecy that covered scientists during the Cold War, this book brings together six first-person accounts of residents of the formerly closed scientific town of Chernogolovka. In their interviews, scientists talk about growing up in Stalin’s Russia and surviving the Great Patriotic War, their decision to join the scientific intelligentsia, and the outstanding opportunities that were available to them in the heyday of the Cold War. They reflect on their daily lives in a privileged scientific community and their relationship with the Soviet state and the Communist Party. Soviet Scientists Remember sheds light on how ordinary people experienced the transformation of Soviet society after Stalin’s death, as well as its tumultuous transition to the post-Soviet era in the 1990s.
Categories: History

Transitions in Post Soviet Eurasia

Transitions in Post Soviet Eurasia

... 103 Second All -Belarusian Congress of Soviets 62 second Chechen war 92 Second Congress of Belarusian National Organization 53 Second Great Awakening 290 Second World War 68, 69, 171 Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets 38, ...

Author: Archana Upadhyay

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781000423235

Category: Political Science

Page: 288

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This book discusses the ideological and historical relevance of the term ‘Eurasia’ as a concept in the global geopolitical and ethno-cultural discourse. It focuses on the contested meanings attached to the idea and traces its historical evolution and interpretations. The volume examines the contours and characteristics of power politics in the Eurasian landscape by exploring the dynamics of the contending and competing interests that have come to occupy the region, particularly in the aftermath of the disintegration of the Soviet Union. It further examines the multiple narratives that define the socio-political realities of the region and also the policies of the state actors involved, by reflecting upon the multifaceted dimensions of the Eurasian issues. These include nation building strategies, identity, ethnic conflicts, security, democratization, globalization, international migration, climate change and energy extraction. The geopolitical and civilizational aspects of Eurasianism, in which Russia occupies a pivotal geo-political place creates both opportunities and anxieties for other stakeholders in the region. The book also holistically analyses the developmental dimensions of the post-Soviet space and ‘Eurasianism’ as a concept and political practice in domestic, regional and global affairs. The book also analyses the developmental dimensions of the post-Soviet space and ‘Eurasianism’ as a concept and political practice in domestic, regional and global affairs.
Categories: Political Science

Inside the Mind of Xi Jinping

Inside the Mind of Xi Jinping

Among the new books on display in a fashionable bookshop, one volume in particular caught my eye: the Chinese edition of Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets. My first reaction was one of surprise. How could this book be given the ...

Author: François Bougon

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9781787381636

Category: Political Science

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Xi Jinping wants to become the world's most powerful leader. To succeed, he must balance Mao's Little Red Book with the Analects of Confucius, and more. For Xi, the task ahead of China is to preserve the guiding ideology of Marxism, while challenging mistaken credos like neoliberalism, constitutional democracy, and 'universal values'. China must have total faith in its own brand of socialism, blended meaningfully with Chinese tradition. And this system must revolve around one man--around Xi and 'Xi-ism'. François Bougon's compelling biography exposes the historical, philosophical, political and personal narratives that Xi has skilfully woven together to create a superpower in his own image. Is Xi's China a land of 'new market totalitarianism'? Will this be the price of the Chinese dream?
Categories: Political Science