Want to win a Nobel Prize in literature? Just go to journalism school. In Minsk.
Case in point: Svetlana Alexievich, winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize in literature. The Guardian’s Marta Bausells described her as “the Belarusian writer whose oral histories have recorded thousands of individual voices to map the implosion of the Soviet Union.”
Her books, which she says take about 10 years to write, are based upon thousands of interviews with people – often they are women and children – who lived through disasters such as the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and the nuclear meltdown at Chernobyl. Read more