Svetlana Alexievich Wins Nobel Prize in Literature

svetlana-postBelarusian writer Svetlana Alexievich has won the 2015 Nobel prize for literature. The Swedish Academy announced her win this morning, and described her works simply, as a “a monument to suffering and courage in our time.” Throughout her career, she conducted thousands of interviews in an effort to create a narrative of individual stories that capture the zeitgeist of Soviet and post-Soviet people. Her pieces provide a platform for the voices of a society much of the world knows little about, and because of this, Alexievich creates art from history by documenting the impact of socialism while maintaining the human emotions that make these stories so affecting. While her works are popular in Europe, English editions have been harder to come by. Below is a list of English translations of Alexievich’s works. Her most popular, the oral history Voicevoices from chers from Chernobyl, is linked to its Booklist review.

Voices from Chernobyl (2005)

Zinky Boys: Soviet Voices from the Afghanistan War (1992)

War’s Unwomanly Face (1988)



About the Author:

Allegra Wozniak served as a Booklist intern in fall 2015. She is a senior at Lake Forest College studying English literature and print and digital publishing. Besides reading, her favorite thing to do is eat Little Caesars breadsticks and watch the Mad Max movies with her dog, Mango.

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