In the gilded rooms of the Royal Swedish Academy the Nobel Prize in Literature 2015 was awarded to the Belarusian writer Svetlana Alexievich “for her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our times.”
Alexeivich is the14th woman to win the prestigious award since its inception in 1901.
Known for her investigative journalism, she is an outspoken critic of the Russian regime. Her most notable works in English are first-hand accounts of the war in Afghanistan and an oral history of the Chernobyl disaster.
Writers to have been tipped for this year’s prize included Haruki Murakami, Philip Roth and Joyce Carol Oates.