This year’s Nobel Prize in Literature

We rejoice that the 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature was awarded to the belarusian journalist and author Svetlana Alexievich (1948-).

Alexievich’s novels are based on historical research and interviews with witnesses of the most dramatic events in Russia, Belarus and Ukraine during the recent years. The novels are written in Russian and consists essentially of the history of the Soviet human, that is not evident in the “ordinary” historiography.

“I know everything about people, much more than I ever wished to know.”, Alexievich says. She writes documentary novels or polyphonic novels, where a large number of people’s voices are heard. There may be women’s or children’s voices. Alexievich grew up in Ukraine and Belarus, but has lived ten years in exile in Paris, Gothenburg and Berlin. Her most famous novels are:

The War’s Unwomanly Face (1985)

Last Witness (1985)

Zinky Boys (1989)

The Chernobyl Prayer (1998)

You could read more about those books here

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