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Alexievich, Svetlana (Translated by Bela Shayevich). SECONDHAND TIME: THE LAST OF THE SOVIETS: AN ORAL HISTORY. New York City, NY: Random House, 2016. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 480 pages. As New/As New.

Massive Oral History on subject. One of the most important books of our time. The first appearance of the title in English and in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly the British Edition, which is a softcover original only. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. Presents Svetlana Alexievich's "Vremeiia sekond khcend" in a felicitous English translation by the brilliant Bela Shayevich. A symphony of disparate voices recounting the sudden collapse of the Soviet Union and the emergence of a new Russia in its place. "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 their nation. Chronicles the demise of Communism as everyday Russian citizens recount the past thirty years, showing us what life was like during the Fall of the Soviet Union, and what it was 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. A magnificent tapestry of the sorrows and triumphs of the human spirit woven by a Master. Tells us about human nature: About our dreams, our choices, about good and evil, in a word, about ourselves" (Publisher's blurb). "Tolstoyan in scope, driven by the idea that History is made not only by major players but also by ordinary people" (The New York Times). The only oral historian of comparable stature and achievement - and is her influential predecessor - is the late great Studs Terkel, who pursued a lifetime project that is as vast, humane, and monumental, on the story of America and the American Dream. "Her polyphonic writings are a monument to suffering and courage in our time. She has invented a new kind of literary genre: A history of emotions, a history of the soul" (Nobel Prize Citation). An absolute "must-have" title for Svetlana Alexievich collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed and dated (shortly after publication) in black pen on the title page by the author: "Svetlana Alexievich 12. VI. 016". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. Alexievich made a one-time-only appearance in New York City to launch the book during which event her signature was obtained. Laid-in is a pristine set of Souvenir Photos of the event during which her signature was obtained. This title is a great book. This is one of very few such signed and dated copies of the First American Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: The British Edition is a fragile softcover original only. For once, the American Hardcover Edition is vastly superior to the British in every respect. A rare signed copy thus. Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2016, the very first full-time journalist in history to win the world's most prestigious literary prize. One of the greatest writers of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER SVETLANA ALEXIEVICH TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0399588809. $350.00

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