The Nobel Prize 2015 in Literature went to 67-year-old Belarusian author Svetlana Alexievich. She is the first writer from Belarus to receive the award.
The prize was awarded “for her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time”.
Ms. Alexievich is the 14th women Literature Laureate.
Ms. Alexievich used the skills of a journalist to create literature. In her literary works she chronicled the great tragedies of the Soviet Union and its collapse. She handled the subjects like World War II, the Soviet war in Afghanistan, the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster and the suicides that ensued from the death of Communism.