Swietłana Aleksijewicz

photo by Margarita Kabakova

Swietłana Aleksijewicz

War’s Unwomanly Face


Swietłana Aleksijewicz

Swietłana Aleksijewicz (born 1948), Belarussian writer and journalist, winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature. Her first meeting with an audience after receiving the award took place in Krakow during the 7th Conrad Festival.

Alexievich writes about the often overlooked and repressed history of Russia: the Chernobyl disaster, the Soviet intervention in Afghanistan, the participation of women in World War II, wartime fortunes of children and everyday life after the fall of Communism. She is the laureate of numerous international awards, including the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Erich Maria Remarque Peace Prize, the Swedish Pen Club Award, the Leipzig Book Award for European Understanding, the Andrei Sinyavsky Prize and Friedrich Ebert Foundation Award. In 2011, her book War’s Unwomanly Face (1988) received the Angelus Central European Literature Award and the Ryszard Kapuściński Award for Literary Reportage. She received a second Ryszard Kapuściński Award in 2015 for Second-hand time. The Demise of the Red (Wo)man. She was also awarded the French Order of Arts and Letters in the degree of Officer. The Polish publisher Wydawnictwo Czarne has also published her books Chernobyl Prayer: A Chronicle of the Future, The Last Witnesses: A Hundred of Unchildlike Lullabyes and Zinky Boys: Soviet Voices from the Afghanistan War.

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