10 Oct Belarusian Svetlana Alexievich new Nobel Prize in Literature 2015
The Swedish Academy announced the winner of the new Nobel Prize for Literature to be awarded on December 10, in honor of the anniversary of the death of its creator, Alfred Nobel, in a double ceremony in Stockholm and Oslo. It is Alexievich Svetlana, a journalist from Belarus who already took the third place prize in 2013, behind Haruki Murakami and Alice Munro.
The writer and journalist was born on May 31, 1948, in the territory that today corresponds to western Ukraine. She studied journalism at the University of Minsk and settled in Belarus after her father retired from the Soviet army. Alexievich’s work is noted for his literary reports on Chernobyl and the Second World War. Her writings primarily relate to accounts of the former Soviet Union.
The Nobel Literature Prize is a distinction awarded to those “who have produced in the field of literature the most outstanding work in an ideal direction” in the words of its creator, Alfred Nobel. The winner gets a gold medal, a diploma and 8 million kronor ($ 958,547). “It’s wonderful to receive this award,” Alexievich said in a first reaction to the Swedish channel SVT.
The Academy recognized the journalist and writer of 67 years for her work which memorialized the suffering of her time. Alexiévic became the fourteenth woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature.
The writer told the international press that she was at home “ironing clothes” when the Academy telephoned with the news. She also said that with the money, “I’ll do one thing: I’ll buy freedom. It takes a long time to write my books, five to ten years (…) I have two ideas for new books, so I am glad that now I have the freedom to work on them. ”
Javier Marín Osorio