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Secondhand Time by Svetlana Alexievich (Book Analysis): Detailed Summary, Analysis and Reading Guide

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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.

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