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NOBEL PEACE PRIZE IN LITERATURE 2015 WINNER Belarusian Svetlana Alexievich

Ноя 05, 2017
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In October 2015, Belarusian writer and journalist Svetlana Alexievich was announced as the winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature. She is the first journalist to win the award, and only the 14th woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature since its inception in 1901. She joins the company of American greats William Faulkner and Ernest Hemingway. She is the first ever Belarusian to win the award. At a press conference in Minsk, the capital of Belarus, Alexievich said: “It’s an award not for me but for our culture, for our small country, which has been caught in a grinder throughout history.”
Alexievich was a favorite to win the award, having previously won the Swedish PEN prize for her “courage and dignity.” The Belarusian writer has spent nearly 40 years writing about the people of the former Soviet Union. Her best-known works are Voices from Chernobyl, an oral account from survivors of the 1986 nuclear disaster, and Zinky Boys: Soviet Voices from the Afghanistan War, in which the title refers to the zinc coffins of the fallen soldiers.
During her Nobel lecture, in December 2015, Alexievich stated that “The road to this podium has been long – almost 40 years, going from person to person, from voice to voice.” Penguin Modern Classics has since acquired four of her books, and Random House also announced in December that it would publish three of her works. A new translation of her masterpiece Voices from Chernobyl will be rereleased in April 2016 to mark the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster and will be called The Chernobyl Prayer.
In 2017, a new translation of War’s Unwomanly Face, Alexievich’s first book, will be published. This book consists of interviews with hundreds of female World War II participants and, importantly, helped cement her path within non-fiction. Casiana Ionita at Penguin Press said the following about the Nobel laureate: “By charting a new history of feelings, she has shown that non-fiction is more important than ever. She is an inspiration to many writers around the world, and [English-speaking] readers will finally be able to read her works in brilliant translations.”
The US-Belarus Observer joins many others, including the President of Belarus and thousands of her compatriots, in congratulating the 2015 Nobel literature laureate Svetlana Alexievich.
By Editorial Team

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