The Bitterroot Public Library is please
to sponsor with the family of
Marjorie A. Crawford
this season's literature seminar.
These lectures are given by
Shawn Wathen and are free
and open to the public.
Classes are held in the
basement meeting room of the
Bitterroot Public Library 9:30-11:30 am.
In Secondhand Time, Alexievich chronicles the demise of communism. Everyday Russian citizens recount the past thirty years, showing us what life was like during the fall of the Soviet Union and what it's 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. Here is an account of life in the aftermath of an idea so powerful it once dominated a third of the world.