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Why a Journalist is awarded Nobel Prize in Literature 2015
Journalism in Literature
Svetlana Alexievich 67 years old Journalist from Belarus
is now the first female Non-Fiction writer to win Nobel Prize in Literature, 2015.
Last Witnesses: The Book of Unchildlike Stories she compiles
stories of second world war survivors, who were children at that time.
Journalists always know how to create a sensational story out of a human tragedy.
In Zinky Boys (the title
refers to zinc coffins in which bodies of dead soldiers were sent), war
widows, soldiers, doctors and children narrate their stories of suffering
caused by Russian occupation of Afghanistan.
In Voices from Chernobyl
stories are of victims and eyewitnesses of one of the biggest tragedies in the
history of mankind.
All the three books are the
chronicles of failure of the Russian Government. In a way they are
anti-Russian. The Journalists are often trained in the skill of anti-government
While Journalism is the art of
creating 'monument of suffering', Literature is 'creating a
monumental masterpiece by undergoing that suffering'. What is more vital is
not important, they are just two different disciplines.
The Literature lovers of the whole
world are stunned. Who Svetlana? A journalist? Is world short of good authors?
Why don't you stop writing fiction? It's no more required. Join some Newspaper,
do some reporting, collect some stories and aspire for more fame.
Sara Danius permanent Secretary of Swedish
Academy is defensive, even while making the announcement. "It's not really
about a history of events. It's a history of emotions." She says.
"She's (Svetlana Alexievich) devised a new kind of literary genre. It's a true achievement, not
only material but also in form."
The form is Polyphonic.
In reference to music it is
"having two or more harmonized voices", and in reference to Phonetics
it is "voiced and unvoiced phonetic values".
The later definition is more suitable
here. Some voices you read in the book, but many voices remain unheard. The
unheard voices serves the ulterior objectives of benefactors, who are creators
According to Svetlana "Art has
failed to understand many things about literature."
If Non-Fiction can represent human
emotions in a better way than Fiction, it is doomsday of human civilization.
The journalist may deserve applause
by Noble Committee, but not at the cost of Literature.
May be we all need a paradigm shift
so far as spectrum of literature is concerned.