Nobel prize winner Svetlana Alexievich back on Belarusian curriculum

Nobel prize winner Svetlana Alexievich back on Belarusian curriculum
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16 October 2015

The works of Belarusian writer and journalist Svetlana Alexievich, recent recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature, will return to the Belarusian school curriculum.

The Belarusian Minister of Education, Mikhail Zhuravkov, announced that works by Ms Alexievich would be mandatory for students in 10th and 11th grade, but that it would be “inappropriate” for elementary school students to study such “heavy” literature.

Ms Alexievich disappeared from the compulsory Belarusian curriculum in the early 2000s. She won the Nobel Prize for Literature last week, becoming the first journalist to win the award. She is known for her writing on major events during the era of the Soviet Union and its aftermath. Her best known works in English translation include Voices From Chernobyl, an oral history of the nuclear disaster and Zinky Boys, a collection of first-hand accounts from the Soviet-Afghan war.

Source: Lenta (in Russian)