What if you could tell history through the countless
voices of ordinary people who lived through it?
In Second-hand Time, Nobel Prize winner Svetlana
Alexievich invents a new genre as she writes the life
stories of housewives, artists, party workers, students,
soldiers and traders living through a time of political
upheaval � the fall of the Soviet Union and the two
decades that followed it. As they tell her their secrets,
their passions, their sorrows, their hopes, she builds
a picture of a nation and of lived history, as epic
as the greatest of novels. One of the most extraordinary
books ever written, Second-hand Time is Alexievich�s
fi nest work.
About the Author
Svetlana Alexievich was born in the Ukraine in 1948.
She has spent most of her life in the Soviet Union and
present-day Belarus, where she worked as a journalist,
with prolonged periods of exile in Western Europe.
She won the 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature for �her
polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and
courage in our time�.