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Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets By Svetlana Alexievich Bela Shayevich,

  • Title: Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets
  • Author: Svetlana Alexievich Bela Shayevich
  • ISBN: 9781925355567
  • Page: 134
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 declinFrom 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.
    Secondhand Time The Last of the Soviets From the 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 em

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    1. There are some who are in darknessAnd the others are in lightAnd you see the ones in brightnessThose in darkness drop from sight.Bertold Brecht, The Threepenny OperaLast year I read Revolutionary Russia, 1891 1991 A History, in which Orlando Figes outlines the history of the Soviet Union as a hundred year cycle of violence in pursuit of utopian dreams a fluently written, very concise synthesis , predominantly political and narrative in structure Having finished the book, Figes s inappropriately [...]

    2. There s wealth, but there s less strength the binding idea doesn t exist any everything has turned soft, everything is rotten, and people are rotten Lebedev, The IdiotRussia is a gas station masquerading as a country Senator John McCainI once read a comment that Alexievich was an unusual candidate for a Nobel Prize in Literature because her work was in journalism, not in fiction She recorded transcribed what other people said and felt This is a dismissal of her work, as it takes a supreme effor [...]

    3. We sit atop the ruins of socialism like it s the aftermath of war UNLIMITED STARS One of the best books I ve ever read THE most personally touching and relevant book I ve EVER read A book that penetrates the soul of my being and explains me to myself An Autobiographical Reviewthis book is my autobiography, and it speaks my heart better than I ever have articulated it myself many details below are personal, but they are also in the book, and what the book is about Communism had an insane plan to [...]

    4. This is a brilliant book about modern Russian history The author interviewed dozens of Russian citizens and documented their stories about life in the Soviet Union, and how life has been since it fell There is a helpful timeline at the front of the book, detailing events after Stalin s death in 1953, up to the rise of Putin and to armed conflicts in the Ukraine in 2014.I started reading this late last summer, before we knew that Russia had interfered with America s presidential election Even the [...]

    5. There were new rules if you have money you count no money you are nothing Who cares if you have read all Hegel I made a rule one day that every time, whenever I get time to visit any book fair, I ll purchase at least one non fiction and that non fiction must fulfill three criteria First, its cover should be extremely charming, second, it should be bulky, and third, it must be historical A world book fair was organized in my city last month, I rigorously followed the rule and the book that got qu [...]

    6. 3.5 I spent the last month reading this, not because it didn t interest me, it did, but because of the format Interviews with those who live in Russia from Stalin to I believe 2012 Was just too much for me to read in one sitting, so I read a few each night before bed A very worthy book, important to hear from those who actually lived thought these times Some of this was brutal, the gulags, Siberia, the fear but many also missed the days of Communism, missed life under Stalin, saw him as a hero S [...]

    7. I was eleven or perhaps twelve years old when I learned that ignorance is no excuse for anything That revelation completely changed the way I viewed the world I ran to my parents, separately, I remember, my eyes wide I said to each of them, Ignorance is no excuse It won t save anyone from the repercussions of whatever they are ignorant of You can die as a result of ignorance or you can participate in something evil as a result of ignorance.As I remember it, my parents did not say anything There [...]

    8. 3.5 Stars,Svetl na Alex ndrovna Alexi vich is a Belarusian investigative journalist and non fiction prose writer who writes in Russian She was awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize in LiteratureSeconhand time The Last of the Soviets traces the emotional history of the Soviet and post Soviet individual through carefully constructed collages of interviews Svetlana Alexievich weaves a rich catholog of Russian voices telling their stories of Worshipped Russian leaders, of love and death, hard and sad times, [...]

    9. I am where the clever guys are, Where the posters say Forward Where the working country is singingIts new workers songs.My heart is worried, my heart is troubled,The postal cargo is being packedMy address is not a house or a street,My address is the Soviet Union Samotsvety, My address is the Soviet Union 1972 In 2015, Svetlana Alexievich has been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature This is remarkable for several reasons Alexievich is not only one of the few women to ever win the award, but al [...]

    10. Wind of Change I follow the MoskvaDown to Gorky ParkListening to the wind of change Scorpions, Wind of Change, 1990.Before giving my brief thoughts, a HUGE thanks to friend Ioana, a native Romanian now in the U.S whose review is must read She s a brilliant writer who lived under Communist rule and terror of Nicolae Ceau escu Her review is the best I ve read on for any book a pure concerto of the personally poetic and the pellucidly profound Ioana s review After reading it, I immediately got this [...]

    11. This is such a quotable book Not because of anti communist rhetoric, or propaganda, since the book was originally written in Russian for a widely diverse Russian population Secondhand Time The Last of the Sovietsis an honest internal dialogue that is taking place, once again, in the kitchens where people gathered to eat, drink, talk, and sleep on the large masonry stoves Their only little patch of freedom.Through a journalist, touring the country for several years, conversations are brought toge [...]

    12. I m reading this oral history of the Soviet era through the lens of the present moment How could I not The voices of Svetlana Alexievich s subjects blend with the voices I hear on the news You ve got the revolutionaries, fierce believers in the rightness of their cause Some are idealists, others admit to less pure motives.Our era my era was a great era It was a great time We will never live in such a big and strong country again.For us, mercy was a priest s word Kill the White vermin Make way fo [...]

    13. There s an old saying well, it s starting to sound old that if the 19th century with its optimism and progress ended in 1914, then the 20th century of dictatorships and great wars ended in 1989 The wall fell, the oppressed cut symbols from their flags, the experiment was declared a failure and we started over Everyone well, every European, which is what counts was free and could live as they always wanted, with democracy and justice for all.No one had taught us what freedom means We d only ever [...]

    14. After finishing Secondhand Time, The Last of the Soviets , I realized that I am an ignoramus, a lazy news minder, generally a casual observer of headlines containing Russia , Soviet, etc The silence of the Iron Curtain, of my era, has left a wall of uncomprehending disinterest and perhaps even some distaste, with its butcher Stalin, its KGB, its political prisoners and lack of freedoms As a Westerner, I celebrated Czechoslovakia s independence and idly listened while other countries in the Sovie [...]

    15. Can you add than Five Stars This is a book that completely hits every interest I hold dear It is a historical memoir of many voices from within the former USSR Imagine if one day you woke up and the United States was no In its place was several countries suddenly freed to be as they want without any support of government Every political and social fragment of society allowed to grab for the voice of the new republics What would happen The Confederate States come together New England finally co [...]

    16. Testimonianza notevole sul crollo dell Unione Sovietica visto dal basso, cio dalla popolazione Nella motivazione al Nobel si legge che il premio stato insignito all autrice per aver dato voce a chi non ne ha, alla gente comune, quelli che hanno vissuto sulla propria pelle il repentino cambio di regime politico ed economico L intervento autoriale ridottissimo, qualche commento in corsivo sulla persona intervistata o sulle circostanze, questo all inizio pu dare fastidio, si ha l impressione di asc [...]

    17. The 2015 Nobel Prize winner pieces together a sweeping oral history of post Soviet life The subjects she interviews range from ages 14 to 87 However, a few common themes emerge from their testimonies marveling at the na vet of their assumption that a regime change would improve life the shame of poverty disillusionment with Russia s leadership the lure of American culture and so on This is a weighty book in terms of both length and subject matter It is worthy of a slow read over some weeks and m [...]

    18. How do you understand the Russian soul By reading the trigenerational canon of Gogol, Tolstoj and Dostojevski Rather the literary revolutionaries such as Gorki or Tsjernysjevski sand Lenin s take on the question What is to be done Perhaps Soviet mainstays such as Boris Polevoj s Bible of the future Afghantsy or that of the kitchen rebels Or put on some tunes.Perhaps Secondhand Time The Last of the Soviets strikes closer to home The main theme goes easy on the ear we wanted something else, we wan [...]

    19. ETA it takes a while to get into this book Don t judge it too quickly The longer interviews are interesting and it takes a while until you get to them I definitely recommend reading this book I think it has a few shortcomings but it is still well worth your time It is an important book it captures Russian history through the voices of the people who lived through Stalin s terror, the disintegration of the U.S.S.R and the first decade and a half of the 21st Century It captures what is the Russia [...]

    20. The book Secondhand Zeit was written by Svetlana Alexiewitsch in 2013 She reports on life after the Cold War in Russia The Country is in a phase in which the Country has to find itself again.Svetlana Alexiewitsch Nobel Prize Laureate nterviewed people from different Social strata of the Nomenklatura, as well as numerous citizens of the former Soviet Union of different age groups, between the Years 1992 and 2012.The emancipated improvement in life conditions did not simply occur have read this bo [...]

    21. On this awful inauguration day, many Americans are weeping others are laughing hysterically I m still in shock Last night, instead of distracting myself with Seinfeld or spending time with my friends, I read the final pages of Svetlana Alexievich s harrowing Secondhand Time Trump claims to represent the voice of the people, but he controls it, co opts it But Alexievich guides the voices, lets the people speak for themselves She lets the people, angry, frustrated, marginalized, disconcerted, depr [...]

    22. The story is too terrifying and beautiful to believe I realized that they didn t believe me Do you believe me I believe you I tell her I grew up in the same country as you I believe you And both of us cry Part II On Romeo and Juliet Except Their Names Were Margarita and AbulfazIn Secondhand Time, Svetlana Alexievich, winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature, develops a complex and powerful narrative of life in the USSR prior to and post collapse Through the compilation of intense and intimat [...]

    23. Li este livro em poucos dias, apesar de n o ser uma leitora particularmente r pida O formato em que est escrito uma s rie de relatos de pessoas de diferentes idades e origens que vivem ou viveram na Uni o Sovi tica em diferentes pocas e atravessaram o per odo da Perestroika faz com que a leitura se torne bastante din mica Os relatos, esses, s o muito variados, mas todos eles impressionantes A transi o brusca entre o comunismo desumano pr Gorbatchov e os abusos das m fias, da corrup o e do capita [...]

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    25. Parlare di questo libro difficilissimo, perch non si pu commentare una trama, dei personaggi, uno stile Si corre il rischio di giudicare persone in carne e ossa, di trattare come macchiette gli uomini e le donne che hanno prestato la loro voce a Svetlana Aleksievi per la composizione di questo mosaico post sovietico un libro che propone la contemplazione di una specifica parte di umanit , quella che ha dovuto cambiare vita e mentalit con l eccezione dell ultima testimonianza dopo il crollo dell [...]

    26. I used to understand our way of life The way we lived used to make sense to me Now, I don t understand anything any None of it makes any sense at all , , , , , , .Our idea of freedom was purely theoretical We wanted to live like they do in the West Listen to their music, dress like them, travel the world We want change change sang Victor Tsoi We had no clue what we were hurtling toward We just kept on dreaming Alexievich, guides , , Alexievich , History is concerned solely with the facts emotio [...]

    27. Questo libro una raccolta di testimonianze Grazie a questi racconti si riesce a ricostruire un lungo periodo storico, che abbraccia tutte le fasi del comunismo e del post comunismo E incredibilmente toccante crudele e straziante allo stesso tempo La Grande Storia viene filtrata dalla vita di persone qualunque Sono storie di vita ordinaria, di famiglie, di amori, di guerra E interessante vedere come lo stesso avvenimento pu essere visto e sentito in molti modi diversi A e morte sono i temi che ri [...]

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