Svetlana Alexievich of Belarus won the 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature "for her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time," the Swedish Academy in Stockholm said in a statement on Thursday.

Annual prizes for achievements in physics, chemistry, medicine, peace and literature were established in the will of Alfred Nobel, the Swedish inventor of dynamite, who died in 1896. The prize in economic sciences was added by Sweden’s central bank in 1968. The total amount for each of the 2015 prizes is 8 million kronor ($973,000).

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