‘The Soviet person remains’:         Nobel Prize winner Svetlana Alexievich – A must watch!

5 Jun

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
BBC Newsnight

  * “Truth is communal. It consists of hundreds of truths.”


    “A person spends his whole life in a prison camp. Then they let him out. You think tomorrow he will be free. No way. He cannot free himself. All his habits, his whole understanding, his whole life was in the camps. That is all he knows…We dreamed. And meanwhile we lived our Soviet lives by a unified set of rules that applied to everyone.

    “Someone stands at the podium. He lies. Everyone applauds. Everyone knows that he is lying and he knows that they know that he is lying. Instead he says that stuff and enjoys the applaud…”

       – Svetlana Alexievich – author of Secondhand Time

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