Who: Belarusian author Svetlana Alexievich
What: Won the 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature
When: 8 October 2015
Belarusian author Svetlana Alexievich was on 8 October 2015 awarded with the 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature for her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time.
She will be awarded with the 8 million Swedish kronor prize money at the annual award ceremony on 10 December 2015.
Svetlana Alexiyevich is a Belarusian investigative journalist and prose writer. In 2014, she was nominated by Ural Federal University to receive the 2014 Nobel Prize in literature.
She was born on 31 May 1948 in the Ukrainian town of Ivano-Frankovsk.
About Svetlana Alexievich’s work
Svetlana Alexievich books are described as a literary chronicle of the emotional history of the Soviet and post-Soviet person. Her most notable works in English translation are about first-hand accounts from the war in Afghanistan (Zinky Boys) and a highly praised oral history of the Chernobyl disaster (Voices from Chernobyl).
Her first book War’s Unwomanly Face was published in 1985. It was repeatedly reprinted and sold out in more than two million copies. This novel is made up of monologues of women in the war speaking about the aspects of World War II that had never been related before.
Another book, The Last Witnesses: the Book of Unchildlike Storiesdescribes personal memories of children during war time. In 1993, she published Enchanted with Death, a book about real and attempted suicides due to the downfall of the Soviet Union.
Alexievich’s books have been published in many countries including US, Germany, UK, Japan, Sweden, France, China, Vietnam, Bulgaria and India with a total of 19 countries in all.