Meet the Woman Who Won the Nobel Prize in Literature

Belarusian journalist and writer Svetlana Alexievich was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature on Thursday.

The Nobel laureate became the 14th woman to win the literature prize.

Alexievich was born in Ivano-Frankovask, a town in western Ukraine.

She later moved to Belarus with her family, where she worked as a teacher and a journalist.

She is best known for her works about female Russian soldiers in World War II and the aftermath of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, according to the New York Times.

The 67 year old is a vocal critic Russian President Vladimir Putin and a prominent voice of Russia’s involvement in Ukraine.

Alexievich is known for combining literature and journalism in her works. 

“She has offered us new historical material and she has offered us a new genre,” said Sara Danius, permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy.

“It’s a true achievement not only in material but also in form.”

Along with the prize, Alexievich was given a $971,830 cash award. 

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