Author Svetlana Alexievich wins 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature

Author Svetlana Alexievich of Belarus has been selected for prestigious 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature.
The Swedish Academy has selected Svetlana for her polyphonic writings, courage and a monument to suffering.
With this she became 14th women Literature Laureate and she is also the first writer from Belarus to receive this award.

About Svetlana Alexievich

  • She was born on 31 May 1948 in the Ukrainian town of Ivano-Frankivsk.
  • She had studied journalism at the University of Minsk between 1967 and 1972.
  • Later she worked as a journalist for several years and published her first book War’s Unwomanly Face in 1985.
  • Using her journalistic skills, she has created a literature chronicling the great tragedies of
    World War II, Soviet Union and its collapse, Soviet war in Afghanistan and 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster.
  • Her best-known works: Voices from Chernobyl (2005), Zinky Boys: Soviet Voices from the
    Afghanistan War (1992),
  • Awards: reviously, she had won the Swedish PEN prize in 2007 for her courage and dignity as a writer.




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