Thursday, October 08, 2015

Svetlana Alexievich, Nobel Prize in Literature 2015



"For her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time”
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 Sel’skaja Gazeta. For many years, she collected materials for her first book U vojny ne ženskoe lico (1985; War’s 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 Alexievich’s grand cycle of books, “Voices of Utopia”, where life in the Soviet Union is depicted from the perspective of the individual.

Press release in different languages: http://goo.gl/8NbJnP

Biobibliographical notes in different languages: http://goo.gl/i8YnlI

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