Svetlana Alexievich was born in Ukraine in 1948. Alexievich's awards include the Swedish PEN prize for "courage and dignity as a writer." She constructs narratives from interviews with witnesses to the most shattering national events. Twenty-one documentary films have been based on her screenplays. In 1989, Boys in Zink, banned from publication for ten years, blew up the myth of the Soviet-Afghan war. She authored Enchanted with Death in 1993 and The Chernobyl Prayer in 1997. Voices from Chernobyl, translated by Keith Gesson, will be published by Dalkey Archive this spring.