Born: 31 May 1948, Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine
Residence at the time of the award: Belarus
Prize motivation: "for her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time"
Prize share: 1/1
Svetlana Alexievich depicts life during and after the Soviet Union through the experience of individuals. In her books she uses interviews to create a collage of a wide range of voices. With her "documentary novels", Svetlana Alexievich, who is a journalist, moves in the boundary between reporting and fiction. Her major works are her grand cycle Voices of Utopia, which consists of five parts. Svetlana Alexievich's books criticize political regimes in both the Soviet Union and later Belarus.