Belarus Svetlana Alexievich Shortlisted For UK’s Top Nonfiction Award

Belarusian writer and Nobel prize winner Svetlana Alexievich has made it to the shortlist of the UK’s most prestigious award for nonfiction writing, Baillie Gifford prize, for her book “Second-Hand Time”, the Guardian reports.


The shortlist announced on Monday also includes books by two journalists and one a Pulitzer prize winner.

“Alexievich’s hugely admired Second-Hand Time, translated by Bela Shayevich, won her the Nobel for what the judges described as “her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time”, the Guardian writes.

The longlish for this year’s award included ten entries, the four titles that made it to the final are:

  • Second-Hand Time by Svetlana Alexievich;
  • Negroland: A Memoir by Margo Jefferson;
  • The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land In Between by Hisham Matar;
  • East West Street: On the Origins of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity by Philippe Sands.

The winner will be announced on 15 November.