Svetlana Alexievich’s Secondhand Time Among 100 Best Books Of 21st Century

Secondhand Time by Nobel Laureate Svetlana Alexievich of Belarus was ranked 3rd in the list of 100 Best Books of the 21st century, The Guardian reports.

The best books since 2000.

“The Belarusian Nobel laureate recorded thousands of hours of testimony from ordinary people to create this oral history of the Soviet Union and its end.

Writers, waiters, doctors, soldiers, former Kremlin apparatchiks, gulag survivors: all are given space to tell their stories, share their anger and betrayal, and voice their worries about the transition to capitalism. 

An unforgettable book, which is both an act of catharsis and a profound demonstration of empathy,” a brief review on the site reads.

The first two spots among dazzling debut novels, searing polemics, the history of humanity and trailblazing memoirs were taken by Hilary Mantel with her Wolf Hall and Marilynne Robinson with Gilead.

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Svetlana Alexievich has recently got in the World Top 50 Thinkers of 2019 ranking of scientists, philosophers and writers reshaping our times, according to Prospectmagazine.co.uk.

Recall that the writer was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for the hugely admired Second-Hand Time that was described as “a monument to suffering and courage in our time”.