Belarusian Nobel Award Winner Longlisted for Baillie Gifford Prize

Belarusian Nobel laureate Svetlana Alexievich has been nominated for the most prestigious British award in non–fiction – the Baillie Gifford prize. Her book Second–Hand Time was chosen by a judging panel alongside with nine other contenders.

Over 180 applications were submitted for the award, and a judging panel chose ten authors. The list of the nominees includes:

  • Second–Hand Time by Svetlana Alexievich, translated by Bela Shayevich
  • The Vanishing Man by Laura Cumming
  • Being a Beast by Charles Foster
  • Stalin and the Scientists by Simon Ings
  • Negroland: A Memoir by Margo Jefferson
  • This Is London by Ben Judah
  • The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between by Hisham Matar
  • The Gene by Siddhartha Mukherjee
  • East West Street by Philippe Sands
  • Guilty Thing: A Life of Thomas De Quincey by Frances Wilson

Last October, Svetlana Alexievich became the first Belarusian to win Nobel Prize in Literature. She was the 14th woman to win the prize.

Second–Hand Time is a collection of interviews conducted by Alexievich between 1991 and 2012, which documents the collapse of the USSR.

The Baillie Gifford Prize for Non–Fiction (formerly the Samuel Johnson Prize) is an annual British prize for the best non–fiction writing in the English language. It was founded in 1999. The prize covers current affairs, history, politics, science, sport, travel, biography, autobiography, and the arts.

On October 17, the jury will announce the shortlist for the award. The winner will be revealed on November 15.

Belarusian Nobel Award Winner Longlisted for Baillie Gifford Prize