This Author Just Did Something Only 13 Other Women Have Done

Congrats, Svetlana!

The 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature was awarded to author Sventlana Alexievich "for her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time."

She is the author of books including Voices from Chernobyl and Zinky Boys.

These stories aren't just merely a historical account of tragedies, they are rich with metaphors and serve as a sobering reminder that there are real people living through these events.

"I'm just trying to grasp a piece of reality and tell who we are and where we are going," Alexievich told


When Alexievich was named the newest Nobel laureate in literature, she became only the 14th woman in history to receive that distinction. The first prize in this category awarded to a woman was given to Selma Ottilia Lovisa Lagerlöf in 1909. 

The most famous female recipient of the Prize in Literature is Toni Morrison, who has penned iconic works such as The Bluest Eye, Song of Solomon and Beloved.

Despite receiving an honor that will immortalize her achievements as one of humankind's most important authors, Alexievich is wasting no time using this spotlight to call attention to something she cares much more about than talking about herself: political turmoil in Eastern Europe.

"It's not an award for me but for our culture, for our small country, which has been caught in a grinder throughout history," The Guardian quoted her as saying at a press conference following the announcement.

She spoke at length about the ongoing struggles between her home of Belarus and the unsettling military presence ordered by Russian President Vladamir Putin. But, she's hoping the prize will give her the platform to raise her voice on the issues that are most important to her.

"I think my voice will carry more weight now," she stated. "It won't be so easy for those in power to dismiss me with a wave of the hand anymore. They will have to listen to me."

The recipient of the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize will be announced on Friday.

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