This year’s Nobel Prize for literature was awarded to Svetlana Alexievich “for her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time”.(1)
This process was early on challenged by the outstanding Belarusian writer Ales Adamovich, whose novel Khatyn (1971) began with an acceptable subject—the village of Khatyn, which had been selected for official commemoration of the Soviet partisan war against the German occupation of Belarus. But it immediately turned into a quite challenging retelling of the very events that were being monumentalized. The story begins with the narrator on a bus ride to Khatyn; blinded during combat, he can now only hear the voices of his former comrades, which call forth memories of war as it was. Although Khatyn was a work of fiction and Alexievich was a journalist, the method of closing one’s eyes to monument and listening to voices until the ruins underneath begin to move was the one that she made her own. Adamovich, whose novel is now available in an excellent English translation, was a major literary and intellectual influence upon Alexievich.
As a Ukrainian university instructor in Texas put it, reacting to the news about the Nobel: “my students do not weep when they read Solzhenitsyn’s Gulag Archipelago, but when they read Alexievich’s Voices from Chernobyl—then they do.”
This made us review some of the voices of Libyan civil war
A case of the Tawerghas
And some Photomemories of Events which Alexievich has covered
1- : “The Nobel Prize in Literature 2015”. Nobelprize.org. Nobel Media AB 2014. Web. 4 Nov 2015. http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/2015/