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Svetlana Alexievich's extraordinary work records Russia's lost voices, says Vanora Bennett

By Vanora Bennett   July 2016

A children's bumper car ride in Ukraine abandoned after the Chernobyl disaster in 1986 ©Alexey Furman/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Chernobyl Prayer: A Chronicle of the Future by Svetlana Alexievich, translated by Anna Gunin and Arch Tait (Penguin, £16.99)

Second-Hand Time by Svetlana Alexievich, translated by Bela Shayevich (Fitzcarraldo Editions, £14.99)

In the autumn, the Belarusian writer Svetlana Alexievich won the Nobel Prize for Literature for her works exploring Soviet and post-Soviet history through…

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