Nobel Laureate Svetlana Alexievich Among The World’s Top 50 Thinkers 2019

Prospectmagazine.co.uk salutes the scientists, philosophers and writers reshaping our times and Nobel Laureate Svetlana Alexievich of Belarus is one of them.

The British magazine points out that Svetlana Alexievich who won the Nobel Prize for literature in 2015 is the first non-fiction writer to do so.

Nobel literature laureate Svetlana Alexievich of Belarus

Nobel literature laureate Svetlana Alexievich of Belarus poses with the award during the 2015 Nobel prize award ceremony in Stockholm

It also underlines the fact that soon after the winning her works have been freshly translated into English.

“Alexievich’s interviews with Russian soldiers in Afghanistan, Chernobyl survivors, people who were children in the war with Germany and many others produce moving accounts of suffering in the Soviet world.

Her technique of collating highly-edited transcripts with little or no context has been criticised as being more myth-making than accurate history.

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But there’s no denying the courage and artistry of a writer who counts Vladimir Putin among her opponents,” a brief description of the Belarusian writer reads.

Recall that Alexievich was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for the hugely admired Second-Hand Time that was described as “a monument to suffering and courage in our time”.

It has been half a century since a writer working primarily in non-fiction won the Nobel – Svetlana Alexievich is the first journalist and writer from Belarus to win the award.