The Nobel Prize in Literature 2015
The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2015 is awarded to the Belarusian author Svetlana Alexievich “for her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time”.
For the 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature, the Swedish Academy has received 259 proposals, resulting in 198 nominated persons. Among them, 36 are first time nominees. One of these 198 individuals - the Belarusian author Svetlana Alexievich- is awarded today the 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature.
Born: 31 May 1948 in the Ukrainian town of Ivano-Frankivsk
Alexievich worked as a teacher and as a journalist, and she studied journalism at the University of Minsk between 1967 and 1972.
After her graduation she was referred to a local newspaper in Brest near the Polish border, because of her oppositional views. She later returned to Minsk and began an employment at the newspaper Selskaja Gazeta. For many years, she collected materials for her first book U vojny ne ženskoe lico (1985; Wars Unwomanly Face, 1988), which is based on interviews with hundreds of women who participated in the Second World War. This work is the first in Alexievichs grand cycle of books, Voices of Utopia, where life in the Soviet Union is depicted from the perspective of the individual.
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