Danius said this year’s prize was given to Alexievich "for her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time."
Alexievich, 67, is famous for works on World War II, the Chernobyl nuclear reactor accident and the consequences of the fall of the Soviet Union. Her work has been translated into many languages and she has been awarded nine times over the past two decades.
The annual Nobel Prize award ceremony commemorating this year’s winners takes place on December 10, the anniversary of founder Alfred Nobel’s death. The Swedish Academy, an 18-member body tasked with choosing award winners in literature, was founded in 1786 by King Gustav III.