Svetlana Alexievich


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in Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine
May 31, 1948

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Svetlana Alexievich was born in Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine, in 1948 and has spent most of her life in the Soviet Union and present-day Belarus, with prolonged periods of exile in Western Europe. Starting out as a journalist, she developed her own distinctive nonfiction genre, which gathers a chorus of voices to describe a specific historical moment. Her works include War’s Unwomanly Face (1985), Last Witnesses (1985), Zinky Boys (1990), Voices from Chernobyl (1997), and Secondhand Time (2013). She has won many international awards, including the 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature “for her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time.”

Average rating: 4.45 · 65,574 ratings · 9,619 reviews · 26 distinct worksSimilar authors
Voices from Chernobyl: The ...

4.43 avg rating — 32,127 ratings — published 1997 — 148 editions
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War's Unwomanly Face

4.53 avg rating — 15,482 ratings — published 1983 — 130 editions
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On the Battle Lost

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“Death is the fairest thing in the world. No one's ever gotten out of it. The earth takes everyone - the kind, the cruel, the sinners. Aside from that, there's no fairness on earth.”
Svetlana Aleksievich, Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster

“Is there anything more frightening than people?”
Svetlana Alexievich, Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster

“No one had taught us how to be free. We had only ever been taught how to die for freedom.”
Svetlana Alexievich, Secondhand Time: An Oral History of the Fall of the Soviet Union

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