‘What we’re seeing can’t be called communism – but it has been happening for some time now and, in my view, it’s comparable.’ Svetlana Alexievich talks about the legacies of the Soviet past in Belarus; about literary freedom and the role of culture; and why, in her personal relationships, love prevails over the political.
Belarusian journalist, philologist, literary researcher. Numerous publications in Belarusian periodicals. Has researched the life and work of Vasil Bykaŭ, Ryhor Baradulin, Hienadz Buraukin and Uladzimir Nyaklyaeu. Lives in Minsk.