#Hashtag: Nobel Prize for literature goes to Belarusian writer


Svetlana Alexievich, journalist and prose writer from Belarus, has won the Nobel Prize award for literature. She is well known for her nonfiction prose relating to social justice issues of the past and present.

“She is best known for giving voice to women and men who lived through major events like the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan that lasted from 1979 to 1989 and the Chernobyl nuclear disaster of 1986, in which her own sister was killed and her mother was blinded,” the New York Times article, “Svetlana Alexievich, Belarussian Voice of Survivors, Wins Nobel Prize in Literature” said of the author.

And on behalf of the award, the Swedish Academy said that she was deserving “for her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time.”

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