After a remarkable career spent reporting on the Soviet Union, Belarusian journalist Svetlana Alexievich has been awarded the Nobel Prize for literature. Through a combination of literature and journalism, Alexievich expertly highlighted the lives of female Russian soldiers in World War II, the aftermath of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster and the Soviet-Afghan War—among other critical events. The Nobel Prize committee acknowledges her for her “polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time.” She is just the 14th woman to win, and is one of few people to do so with mostly non-fiction works.
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