Nobel Prize in Literature 2015: If Alexievich’s works were … music (+video)

Swedish students created a musical composition based on the books by Belarusian writer and Nobel laureate Svetlana Alexievich.

The Stockholm-based Nobel Museum granted the status of the official musical interpretation of the Nobel Prize in Literature 2015.

The musical composition is part of the exhibition ‘Nobel Creations’ at the Nobel Museum. Its authors are the students of the Swedish Royal College of Music.

Archive footage by Belsat TV is used in the film above.


Svetlana Alexievich is a Belarusian investigative journalist and prose writer. She wrote narratives from interviews with witnesses to the most dramatic events in the country, such as World War II, Soviet-Afghan war, fall of the Soviet Union, and Chernobyl disaster.

Her first book War’s Unwomanly Face came out in 1985. It was repeatedly reprinted and sold out in more than two million copies. This novel is made up of monologues of women in the war speaking about the aspects of World War II that had never been related before.

Her most notable works in English translation are about first-hand accounts from the war in Afghanistan (Zinky Boys) and a highly praised oral history of the Chernobyl disaster (Voices from Chernobyl).

in 2000 Alexievich became the target of the Lukashenka regime: she was accused of collaborating with US intelligence agencies, her phone was tapped, and her works were no longer published.

Belsat TV is the only Belarusian TV channel which is going to televise giving the Nobel Prize to writer Svetlana Alexievich.

On December 10, at 18:30 there will be a live broadcast with interpretation into Belarusian of the 2015 Nobel Prize Awards Ceremony at the Stockholm Concert Hall.

The state-run Belarusian Television- and Radio Company, ONT and STV channels will not broadcast the awarding ceremony.

Read also: ‘I am grateful to Belsat TV’. In-depth interview with Svetlana Alexievich