Svetlana Alexievich, author of Voices from Chernobyl, Zinky Boys, and War’s Unwomanly Face, was announced today at noon, Swedish time, as the 2015 recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature. The prize is worth $960,000.
The permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, Sara Danius, released the news this morning in Stockholm, though, on Twitter, the unverified @SvAlexievich account reportedly scooped the story, tweeting: “Swedish Academy awarded to me the Nobel Prize in Literature 2015. I receive now a call from Sweden. I’m happy, very happy! Thanks.”
Danius praised Alexievich as “absolutely brilliant.” adding “[she] “has mapped the soul” of the Soviet and post-Soviet people.