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Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Friday, October 9, 2015

Nobel Prize in Literature turned into peace prize

The Belarusian author Svetlana Alexievich has won this year's Nobel Prize in Literature. Literary skills seem to have played little role in the Swedish Academy's decision, comments the centre-left daily Süddeutsche Zeitung: "As impressive as the chorus of voices of ordinary people may be through which Svetlana Alexievich tells the story of the last hundred years of Eastern European history, and as unique and even artistic as this arrangement may be, it is nonetheless indisputable that the political significance of this work overshadows its literary importance - if only because it allows ordinary people to talk and be listened to in a region of the world where despots of all kinds replace each other continually without ever being anything but despots. … The Swedish Academy will soon have to decide what its prize should really be: a prize for an outstanding literary work or a peace prize awarded in the cultural arena."

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