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Quote of the week: Svetlana Alexievich

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Svetlana Alexievich“People always speak beautifully when they are in love or close to death.”

Svetlana Alexievich, an investigative journalist and non-fiction prose writer who was awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature "for her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time." She is the first writer from Belarus to receive the award.

Quoted in the Financial Times print edition December 19/20, 2015 "Speak with a human voice", which she herself wrote.

Photograph by Elke Wetzig via Wikimedia Commons

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Submitted by Fikayo Adeyemo on

The beauty shines forth under such situations because such speeches are straight from the heart, shorn of all pretences and fake, socially-imposed embellishments.

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