A Nobel Double Two by Svetlana


I have in the last few days received two books from last years Nobel winner. This the first book that arrived Second hand time is a selection of interviews she has taken to form a piece on the post soviet world and how it has formed a new world and in her use of many voice to individual monologues see how the post soviet society is affecting the every man and woman on the street. This is the first new work from her since the Nobel win to reach us in English and is out from Fitzcarraldo editions. Penguin are also releasing new editions of her previous books I have reviewed this one in its earlier release as Voices of Chernobyl I had reviewed this last year as it was the only book I could get before the Nobel prize was announced .So as with Patrick Modiano the year before we now have a number of books from this wonderful Non fiction writer whose ability to work the people she talks to into a chorus of voice on the soviet and post soviet world she grew up in .

Have you read any books by her ?


5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. kaggsysbookishramblings
    Apr 25, 2016 @ 12:26:13

    I haven’t but I’m very tempted – be interested to hear what you think of this one, Stu!


  2. Annabel (gaskella)
    Apr 25, 2016 @ 15:50:32

    I’ve bought Chernobyl Prayer – only arrived yesterday, so not opened it yet.


  3. Angelina Hue
    Apr 25, 2016 @ 20:13:13

    I’ve not read her works but am intrigued after seeing your brief post. Good to know that more of her books will be available to English readers. Thanks for the tip!


  4. heavenali
    Apr 25, 2016 @ 20:49:44

    I haven’t read anything by her but have a ticket to see an interview in translation with her at the Hay Festival.


  5. Anya
    Apr 25, 2016 @ 21:44:25

    I read her “War doesn’t have a Woman’s Face”, which was the first title in her “Voices of Utopia” series of books. It’s a compilation of accounts of Soviet women who served in all sorts of different capacities in WW2. Good book, but more journalism than literature.


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