Random House has acquired three books by Belarusian journalist and the winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature, Svetlana Alexievich.
The English translation of Alexievich's Second-hand Time is set for a summer 2016 release, in hardcover and e-book. A Modern Library trade paperback edition of the book, which RH described as "a monument to the collapse of the USSR," will follow.
The second and third books in the deal, War's Unwomanly Face and Last Witnesses, are set to be released in the U.S. in 2017. War's Unwomanly Face, Alexievich's first book, is based on interviews the author conducted with women who participated in World War II. Last Witnesses, the publisher said, "describes personal memories of children during the war."
Random House editor Samuel Nicholson acquired U.S. and audio rights for Second-Hand Time from Jacques Testard at British publisher Fitzcarraldo Editions, and world English and audio rights for War’s Unwomanly Face and Last Witnesses from Galina Dursthoff at Galina Dursthoff Literary Agency.