Svetlana Alexievich

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  • Name: Svetlana Aleksiyevich ( Svetlana Alexievich )
  • Date of birth: 31 may 1948
  • Age: 68 years
  • Place of birth: Ivano-Frankivsk
  • Activity: the Soviet and Belarusian writer, journalist, winner of the Nobel prize-2015
  • Marital status: not married

    Svetlana Alexievich : the biography

    Svetlana Alexievich was born in the Ukrainian city of Ivano-Frankivsk (Stanislav) may 31, 1948. Family Aleksievich international. The father was born in Belarus, mother in Ukraine. After demobilization, the head of the family family moved to Belarus, in the Gomel region. There Svetlana Alexievich in 1965 he graduated from school and entered the University, by the faculty of journalism.

    In 1972, the future writer graduated from BSU. Career of Svetlana Alexievich began with the work of the school. She worked as a teacher in a boarding school, then taught the students history and German language in Mozyr district. Writing a long time attracted the author, and she got a correspondent in the local newspaper «Pripyat truth». Then he moved to another newspaper – «the lighthouse of communism» in one of the districts of the Brest region.

    From 1973 to 1976 years Svetlana Alexievich worked in the regional «Rural newspaper». In 1976 she was offered the place of head of Department of the essay and journalism in the journal «Neman». There Alexievich worked until 1984. In 1983 she was accepted into the Union of Soviet writers.

    Since the early 2000s Svetlana Alexievich lived abroad. First in Italy, then in France and Germany. The last 2 years the writer again live in Belarus.


    Svetlana Alekseevich says that each book went from 4 to 7 years of her life. At the time of writing she met and talked with hundreds of people, witnesses of the events described in his works. These people usually had behind him a very difficult fate: they went through Stalin’s camps, the revolution, fought in various wars or survived the Chernobyl disaster.

    The first book which begins the biography of Svetlana Aleksievich «At war not a woman’s face». This is a book about women who fought at the front during the great Patriotic war. They were snipers, pilots, tank crews, podpolschikami. Their vision and perception of the war was quite different than in men. They are more upset by other people’s death, blood, murder. And at the end of the war, women veterans began a second front: they had to adapt to civilian life, to forget the horrors of war and become again the women wear dresses, high heel shoes, to have children.

    The book «war has no female face» issued 2 years after publishing. Alexievich was accused of distortion of the heroic Soviet women, pacifism and excessive naturalism. The work saw the light only in the years of perestroika was printed in several «thick» journals.

    Proved complicated and the fate of subsequent works. The second book was called «Last witnesses». It consisted of 100 children’s stories about the horrors of war. Here is more naturalism and terrible detail, seen through the eyes of children from 7 to 12 years.

    In the third work of Svetlana Aleksievich told about the crimes of the Afghan war. The book «Zinc boys» was published in 1989. Her exit was accompanied by a wave of negative reviews and criticism. And yet – the trial is stopped only after the defense of the disgraced writer rose Western human rights activists and the public.

    War is in the works of Svetlana Alexievich Central. The writer explains that the entire Soviet history connected with war and impregnated her. She claims that all the characters and most of the ideals of the Soviet people – the military.

    The fourth book, titled «Charmed death», released in 1993, and received mixed reviews. This piece about suicides registered in the first 5 years after the disappearance of the USSR. In it the author tries to understand the reasons and fascination of death, claiming the lives of hundreds of thousands of people – ordinary Communists, marshals, poets, officials, and took his own life by suicide after the collapse of the gigantic Empire. As she says the author, is a reflection of how the country came out from under anesthesia a past life and «hypnosis of the great Fraud».

    The fifth work titled «the Chernobyl prayer» of the world and of life after the Chernobyl disaster. Svetlana says that after the Chernobyl accident not only changed the genetic code and the formula the blood of the population of a great country, but disappeared under the water the whole socialist mainland.

    Through all Alexievich’s books are permeated with the debunking of Communist ideas, or, as says the writer, «the great and terrible Utopia of communism, which idea did not die completely, not only in Russia but throughout the world.»

    Nowadays Svetlana Alexeyevich is working on a new book called «the Magical deer of eternal hunt». This work is about love, but again under specific angle Zubkov.

    Nobel prize-2015

    Svetlana Alexievich – a contender for the Nobel prize in the category «Literature» in 2013. But then the prize was awarded to canadian writer Alice Munro. In 2014 she was awarded the French writer Patrick Modiano.

    In 2015 Aleksievich was again in the number of candidates, except that the award may become the owner of a monetary reward of 8 million crowns ($953000). But her candidacy was considered by Japanese writer Haruki Murakami, Kenyan Ngui VA Thiongo, Norwegian young Fosse and the American Philip Roth.

    8 October in Stockholm, the Nobel prize was given to Svetlana Alexievich. The news of the award to the Belarusian writer has been met with mixed reactions in Russia and in Belarus. Many talk about a political candidate’s choice. Alexievich, an ardent antisovetchitsa, known for his criticism of domestic and foreign policy of presidents Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko. Many who accuses the writer of speculative-biased journalism and anti-Russian position.

    Personal life

    Personal life of Svetlana Alexievich – the secret behind seven locks. Of her the writer says nothing. It is known that Svetlana brings her niece – daughter of her early deceased sister.


    • War has no female face
    • The last witness
    • Zinc boys
    • Charmed death
    • Chernobyl prayer
    • The only witnesses. Solo children’s voices
    • Time second hand


    Svetlana Alexievich

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