And the Nobel Prize for Literature is awarded to…

Nobel Prize medalSvetlana Alexievich!

Congratulations!  I was about to write I had never heard of her, but then I saw the books that are currently available in English: Zinky Boys: Soviet Voices from the Afghanistan War and Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster.  Turns out I’ve stocked her Zinky Boys in my Military History section a few times!  Soon to be restocked there, you can be sure of that.

In any case, the Nobel Committee praises her “for her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time.”  Undoubtedly more of her writing will now be translated into English and (re)published.

Zinky Boys - Svetlana AlexievichVoices from Chernobyl - Svetlana Alexievich

Svetlana Alexievich, image by Peter Groth,  via wikipedia.org.
Svetlana Alexievich, image by Peter Groth, via wikipedia.