Belarusian investigative journalist and prose writer Svetlana Alexievich has won the 2015 Nobel Prize for Literature!
Alexievich is one of the world’s most acclaimed investigative journalists, also writing narratives from interviews with witnesses to the most dramatic events in the country, such as World War II, Soviet-Afghan war, fall of the Soviet Union, and Chernobyl disaster, of which her most recognised book Voices from Chernobyl was born.
Alexievich was a heavy favourite with pundits this year and has been tipped to win the award for much of the last decade. She beat out writers of the ilk of Haruki Murakami, Joyce Carol Oates and Philip Roth and Kenya’s Ngugi wa Thiong’o.
Alexievich’s books have been published in many countries including US, Germany, UK, Japan, Sweden, France, China, Vietnam, Bulgaria, and India with a total of 19 countries in all. She has to her name 21 scripts for documentary films and three plays, which were staged in France, Germany, and Bulgaria.
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