Svetlana Alexievich

Svetlana Alexievich was awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature, the first Belarusian to receive the award.

“The quality of the writing, the stories she tells, are very absorbing.” Stephanie Flanders, chair of the 2016 Baillie Gifford Prize for Nonfiction.

Books by Svetlana Alexievich

Interviews where books by Svetlana Alexievich were recommended

Five of the Best Works of Belarusian Literature, recommended by Hanna Komar

Writers have been subject to persecution and repression in Belarus, and increasingly so in the aftermath of the protests that swept the nation in 2020 and 2021. Owning or distributing books deemed ‘extremist’ by the Lukashenko government can be enough to land you in jail. Here, the poet and activist Hanna Komar selects five of the best works of Belarusian literature that offer a glimpse of the culture and mindset of this post-Soviet nation, and the bravery of those who continue to fight for political freedom.

The best books on Chernobyl, recommended by Kate Brown

While widely regarded as the world’s worst nuclear accident, Chernobyl’s legacy remains fiercely contested, with death tolls ranging from 31 to 200,000. MIT historian Kate Brown, who has spent years in the Chernobyl archives, picks the best books on the disaster, compares its impact with atomic bomb testing, and argues for more research into low-dose radiation exposure

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