Will your next book be by this year's winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, Svetlana Aleksijevitj??

For all the benefits to mankind and wondrous revelations of the workings of the world  by Physicists, Chemists or Medical experts, it is still the Nobel Prize in Literature which typically is most noted and discussed in public. It is also one of the Nobel disciplines where people have the most opinions regarding whether or not it was the ’right’ person lauded, and often the person chosen has been controversial in one way or another. The power to inspire, move and raise awareness through words is one of the most revered gifts anyone can have.

The Nobel Prize has the added benefit of shining a light on authors who often would otherwise not reach the general public, sometimes due to language barriers, sometimes due to the author being active in a country not appreciative of the views expressed in the works.

This year’s Prize is given to Svetlana Alexievich, Belarus, "for her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time.”. Svetlana has a background as a journalist and this has greatly influenced her writing which many times depicts individuals and their often tragic lives. A poll running on the website of www.nobelprize.org reveals that 87 percent of the respondents had not read any of Svetlana’s books.  This most assuredly is about to change.

// Lena Ericsson