Svetlana Alexievich

Ekaterina Rogatchevskaia (The British Library)
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Svetlana Aleksievich (aka Alexievich, b. 1948) is the first Belarusian writer and the first woman author writing in Russian, who in 2015 was awarded a Nobel Prize in Literature. Born in Ivano-Frankivsk (Ukraine) to Ukrainian mother and Belarusian father, Aleksievich provides Ukraine with an opportunity to take pride in her, too. The author of Voices from Utopia (a documentary prose series based on oral history), Aleksievich was praised by the Nobel Prize Committee for “polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time”. All her works are focused on the exploration of the “history of the Russian-Soviet soul”, or, as Sara Danius, Permanent Secretary of the Swedish Academy, put it, the &…

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Citation: Rogatchevskaia, Ekaterina. "Svetlana Alexievich". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 04 March 2019 [, accessed 03 October 2023.]

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