Alexievich, 67, used the skills of a journalist to create literature chronicling the great tragedies of the
Her first novel, "The Unwomanly Face of the War," published in 1985 and based on the previously untold stories of women who had fought against the Nazi Germans, sold more than 2 million copies.
Her books have been published in 19 countries. She also has written three plays and the screenplays for 21 documentary films. In its brief citation the Swedish Academy, cited Alexievich "for her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time."
Last year's literature award went to French writer
This year's Nobel announcements continue with the