Svetlana Alexievich, the Belarusian writer, has won the 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature for her “polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time.”
Alexievich was born on 31 May, 1948, in the Ukrainian town of Ivano-Frankivsk to a Belarusian father and a Ukrainian mother. After her graduation, she began working as a reporter in a local newspaper and began evolving into an extreme writer. Speaking extensively about the contribution of Alexievich, Sara Danius, the permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, says, “For the past 30 or 40 years, she’s been busy mapping the Soviet and post-Soviet individual, but it’s not truly about a history of events. It’s a history of emotions – what she’s suggesting us is indeed an emotional world, so these historical events she’s covering in her various books, for example the Chernobyl disaster, the Soviet war in Afghanistan, these are in a way just pretexts for exploring the Soviet individual and the post-Soviet individual.”
Alexievich’s writings, which have been chronicling the impactful tragedies that have hit mankind, have been translated in several languages, including German, French, Swedish, and English.
Congratulations, Ms. Alexievich!