Using Words to Paint a Picture – Belarus’ Nobel Prize Winning Novelist

“Reality has always attracted me like a magnet, it has tortured and hypnotised me and I wanted to capture it on paper. So, I immediately appropriated this genre of actual human voices and confessions, witness evidence and documents. This is how I hear and see the world — as a chorus of individual voices and a collage of everyday details. ”

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Belarus’ Svetlana Alexievich Receives the 2015 Nobel Prize In Literature

“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,” said Professor Sara Danius, Permanent Secretary of the Swedish Academy announcing the Award on October 8. Later she added that for the last three or four decades Alexievich had been busy mapping the Soviet and post-Soviet individual. Even though she talks about events, her books are full of emotions and all events are just a pretext to explore the individual and the human soul.

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