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8 Oct 2015

Belarus’ Svetlana Alexievich wins 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature

Belarus’ Svetlana Alexievich wins 2015 Nobel Prize in LiteratureMINSK, 8 October (BelTA) – Belarusian writer Svetlana Alexievich has been awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature "for her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time", BelTA has learned.

Svetlana Alexievich was tipped by bookies to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2013. However, the award was given to Canadian writer Alice Munro. According to the betting agency Ladbrokes, the list of candidates for the 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature also included Haruki Murakami (Japan), Ngugi wa Thiong'o (Kenya), Joyce Carol Oates (USA), Jon Fosse (Norway), and Philip Roth (USA).

Svetlana Alexievich’s books have been published not only in Belarus but also in other countries, such as the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, Sweden, France, Japan, China, Vietnam, Bulgaria, India, and others. She has to her name 21 scripts for documentary films and three plays.

While the Nobel Prize in Literature is for a writer's life work, there are nine Literature Laureates for whom the Swedish Academy singled out a specific work for particular recognition: Mikhail Sholokhov in 1965; Ernest Hemingway in 1954; Roger Martin Du Gard in 1937; John Galsworthy in 1932; Thomas Mann in 1929; Wladyslaw Reymont in 1924; Knut Hamsun in 1920; Carl Spitteler in 1919; Theodor Mommsen in 1902.

Lukashenko sends greetings to Nobel Literature Prize winner Svetlana Alexievich

MINSK, 9 October (BelTA) - Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has sent greetings to 2015 Nobel Literature Prize winner Svetlana Alexievich, BelTA learned from the press service of the Belarusian leader.

“Your creative work touched the feelings of Belarusians and readers all over the world,” the President noted.

“I am sincerely glad for you. I strongly hope that this prize will serve the Belarusian state and the nation,” the message of greetings reads.

The President wished Svetlana Alexievich health, happiness and new creative achievements for the benefit of native Belarusians.

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