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Nobel Prize for Literature 2014

With 3 hours countdown to the official announcement and just having consumed a bit more than my fill of current news regarding outbreak of Ebola, I can't help but think how Philip Roth wrote a near-perfect book describing the silent paranoia that accompanies this type of infectious disease in Nemesis.
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Re: Nobel Prize for Literature 2014

Investigative journalist Svetlana Alexievich won this year's Nobel prize in literature.
Her emotional works on WWII as well as Chernobyl (based on personal accounts through her countless interviews with people affected by the war & disaster) are well worth a read. (The Paris Review has an exercept from "Voices from Chernobyl")
It appears very few people thought she would win.

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Investigative journalist Svetlana Alexievich won this year's Nobel prize in literature.
Her emotional works on WWII as well as Chernobyl (based on personal accounts through her countless interviews with people affected by the war & disaster) are well worth a read. (The Paris Review has an exercept from "Voices from Chernobyl")
It appears very few people thought she would win.
Glad for this lady's success, however, Nobel prize for literature is more like Nobel prize for peace these days. Remember Obama has a Nobel for peace.
She is an investigative journalist at heart, and probably an excellent one. But if I look at the long list with Nobel winners for literature I can't really fathom why is she there. It is obvious they award it to people representing certain (approved) ideas, but still....it doesn't have to do with literature anymore. Extremely politicised nowadays, a pity.
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Re: Nobel Prize for Literature 2014

It surely is politicized but that doesn't discount this lady's work. Her writing on the Soviet-Afghan War and Chernobyl has moved me to tears. I also admire her courage to openly criticize governments, especially in times when it was highly dangerous to do so.

She said somewhere that it takes her up to ten years to complete a book and the prize money will enable her to fully focus on writing. Look forward to her future works.

If anyone wants to read a short piece by her, it's available here.
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It surely is politicized but that doesn't discount this lady's work. Her writing on the Soviet-Afghan War and Chernobyl has moved me to tears. I also admire her courage to openly criticize governments, especially in times when it was highly dangerous to do so.

She said somewhere that it takes her up to ten years to complete a book and the prize money will enable her to fully focus on writing. Look forward to her future works.

If anyone wants to read a short piece by her, it's available here.

I am sure her writing is captivating, given the themes she wrote about. Thanks for the link. As I said, I don't reject her work or merits in general, I'm sure I too can find her writing very interesting.
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