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8 Oct 2015

Svetlana Alexievich: It is not my victory alone, but also a victory of our culture and the country

Svetlana Alexievich: It is not my victory alone, but also a victory of our culture and the country

MINSK, 8 October (BelTA) – The Nobel Prize in Literature bestowed upon the Belarusian writer Svetlana Alexievich is not her victory alone, it is also a victory of the Belarusian culture and the country itself. The writer made the relevant statements before mass media on 8 October, BelTA has learned.

The writer noted that the great shadows of Bunin and Pasternak had risen before her. Among other persons she had been inspired by Ales Adamovich and Vasil Bykov. The latter is a fine example of the man of conscience.

Svetlana Alexievich said she believes that a lot had happened to Belarus over the course of its history. She also responded to negative comments made by some Russian reporters and writers about her Nobel Prize. The writer said she did not hate the Russian nation. She said she loves Belarus and the Ukrainian nation. In particular, Svetlana Alexievich remarked that her great grandfather studied together with Yakub Kolas. She went on saying she refuses to understand the term “Russian world” that the abovementioned critics use.

The writer admitted that she had wondered whether the people mentioned in the book War’s Unwomanly Face were still alive. It turned out they had died by that time.

Not only Belarusian reporters turned up for Svetlana Alexievich’s press conference. Foreign reporters, including reporters from Poland, Russia, Ukraine, Sweden, France, and other countries, came to take part in the press conference.

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