Svetlana Alexievich named 2016-17 Bartels Fellow

Svetlana Alexievich

Svetlana Alexievich, the 2015 Nobel Laureate for Literature, has been named the 2016-17 Henry E. and Nancy Bartels World Affairs Fellow at Cornell University. The Ukraine-born Belarusian journalist and writer will deliver her Bartels Lecture, entitled "Voices from the people: The rise and fall of the Russian-Soviet dream," on September 12, 2016, at 4:30 p.m. at the Statler Auditorium. 

Durning her two-day visit, Alexievich will also attend undergraduate classes and meet with students and faculty. 

<a href=""><strong>About&nbsp;Svetlana Alexievich</strong></a>

A writer of international renown and a dedicated critic of her country's dictatorial regime, Svetlana Alexievich has created a literary nonfiction genre that she calls “novels of voices.” Her prose, drawn from&nbsp;hundreds of interviews, weaves the words of her subjects into an artful condensation of a panorama of souls.

Alexievich’s five prose volumes, including <em>War’s Unwomanly Face</em>&nbsp;and <em>The Chernobyl Prayer: A Chronicle of the Future</em>, represent a&nbsp;history of a people’s mentality --&nbsp;but not merely of the Soviet people. Each book questions not only the meaning and meaninglessness of political ideologies, but also the very makings of humankind.&nbsp;

Alexievich’s books have been translated into 47 languages and published in 52 countries. They have formed the basis for a dozen plays, and more than 20 of her scripts have been filmed as documentaries.

Among her awards are the Nobel Prize in Literature 2015; the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade 2013; the French Prix Médicis essai 2013; the Best Book of the Year Prize 2013 by the French literary magazine <em>Lire</em>; the Ryszard Kapuściński Award for literary reportage, Poland, 2011; the Angelus Central European Literature Award, Poland, 2011; the National Book Critics Circle nonfiction award, USA, 2006; the Erich Maria Remarque Peace Prize, Germany, 2001; the Robert Geisendörfer Radio Play Prize from the German Academy of the Performing Arts, 2000; the Témoin du Monde award in France, 1999; the Best Book on Politics of the Year by the&nbsp;Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Germany, 1998; the Andrej Sinjavskij Prize, Russia, 1997; and the Kurt Tucholsky Prize, Swedish PEN Club, 1996.

Svetlana Alexievich was born in Ivano-Frankovsk, Ukraine, and currently lives in Minsk, Belarus.&nbsp;

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<strong>Bartels World Affairs Fellowship</strong>

The <a href="">Henry E. and Nancy Horton Bartels World Affairs Fellowship</a> was established in 1984 to bring prominent international leaders to Cornell. The mission of the fellowship program is explicitly educational—to foster a broadened world view among Cornell students by bringing to campus persons who have distinguished themselves as international public figures, and to enable students to appreciate the opportunities and constraints of an international career.&nbsp;