The 2015 Nobel Prize for Literature was awarded today, with this year’s prize going to Belarussian journalist and prose writer Svetlana Alexievich, The New York Times reports.
Alexievich is “known for deeply researched works about female Russian soldiers in World War II and the aftermath of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster,” The Times notes.
In announcing the award, the Swedish Academy said she won “for her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time.”
The Times adds: “Ms. Alexievich, 67, is the 14th woman to win the literature prize and one of the first whose work was mainly nonfiction. Sara Danius, permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, said she had created ‘a history of emotions — a history of the soul, if you wish.’”
Alexievich, whose sister was killed in the Chernobyl disaster in 1986, and whose mother was blinded by it, blends literature and journalism in much of her work, The Times reports.
Said Danius: “She’s devised a new kind of literary genre. It’s a true achievement not only in material but also in form.”
Among her most prominent books is the series “Voices of Utopia,” including the acclaimed 1988 installment “War’s Unwomanly Face,” based on interviews with women about their experiences in World War II.