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.
Alice Munro, has won the Nobel Prize in Literature, an award worth eight million kronor (more than $1 million). The Swedish jury that decided the winner called the Canadian author a “master of the contemporary short story” and said she is a “fantastic portrayer of human beings.”
Munro, the 13th woman to win, admitted to the Canadian press, “I knew I was in the running, yes, but I never thought I would win.”
The writer of the much acclaimed 2012 novel Dear Life is no stranger to prizes. She won the 2009 Man Booker International Prize, and counts the National Book Critics Circle Prize, the Governor General’s prize (three times), and The Commonwealth Writers’ Prize among her literary trophies. Prior to her writing career, she was a housewife.