The motivation reads: "for her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time". Svetlana Alexievich receives the Nobel Prize two years after finishing the work "Voices from Big Utopia". With the five books she wants to give the ordinary person from  Soviet a voice.

"This Nobel Prize is not only a well-deserved celebration of a brilliant writer, it's also a breathtaking recognition of documentary literature and the literary reportage", says Anna Jungstrand.