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Second-Hand Time rehearsed reading
Tue 10th Mar '20 - 19:30 - 21:00
Great actors are reading from a great book:
Kristin Milward, Malcolm Ward, Stephen Omer, Andrew Rajan
We are privileged to welcome Svetlana Alexievich as our distinguished guest!
Svetlana Alexievich is visiting London by the invitation of Raw in War (Reaching All Women in War), an organisation that brings together international women of courage who stand for human rights and justice in war and conflict zones around the world.
About the event:
Six months after her widely successful speaking tour in London 2015 Nobel Prize for Literature winner and recipient of 2019 Anna Politkovskaya Price Svetlana Alexievich will be special guest at a rehearsed readings of her work.
The readings will be of “Second-Hand Time”, which is the fifth and final volume in the highly acclaimed series “Voices of Utopia” (one book in this series was used as the basis for the recent TV dramatization “Chernobyl”) .
In “ Second-Hand Time” Alexievich weaves together dozens of voices from the former-Soviet Union, including Gulag survivors, ex-Communist Party officials and others , whose fates are bound up with the tragedies of the last century and the upheavals of this one. This companionate and uniquely multidimensional work of history dares to represent both sides, involved in the tragedy of the soviet collapse.
Second-Hand Time has the broad sweep and moral depth of Greek drama. It’s history written ‘from below,’ as one critic put it. Svetlana Alexievich listens with a probing ear to what the ordinary citizens of Russia are feeling, saying and suffering.