Gomel oblast lies to the southeast of Belarus and borders on Briansk oblast /Russia/, Kiev , Chernigov and Zhitomir oblasts /Ukraine/.

The territory of Gomel oblast is 40,400 square kilometers. One third of the territory is covered with forests; the biggest rivers – the Dnepr, the Sozh, the Berezina and the Pripiat – are the most important navigable ways of Belarus .

There is the national park Pripiatskiy and the Polesye radiation-ecological reserve in the oblast.

Today there are 23 museums and 4 theaters and philharmonic societies in Gomel oblast numbers.

The region has 2,540 monuments, 1,360 of them are monuments of history and culture, 140 – of architecture and 1,040 – of archeology. And if the latter /they include ancient settlements and burial places/ are of interest only to archeologists and historians, the other places stir deep interest of the people who appreciate architectural masterpieces and are fond of the Belarusian history.

Belarusian writer Svetlana Alexievich receives Nobel Prize in Literature

MINSK, 11 December (BelTA) – Belarusian writer Svetlana Alexievich has received her Nobel Prize in Literature. The award ceremony was held at the Stockholm Concert Hall on 10 December, BelTA has learned.

The 2015 Nobel Prize winners in physics, chemistry, and medicine also picked up their awards at the ceremony.

Svetlana Alexievich was tipped by bookies to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2013. However, the award was given to Canadian writer Alice Munro. According to the betting agency Ladbrokes, the list of candidates for the 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature also included Haruki Murakami (Japan), Ngugi wa Thiong'o (Kenya), Joyce Carol Oates (USA), Jon Fosse (Norway), and Philip Roth (USA).

Svetlana Alexievich is the author of “The War's Unwomanly Face,” “Zinky Boys,” “Enchanted with Death,” “The Chernobyl Prayer,” “Second-hand Time” and other books.

Her works have been published not only in Belarus but also in other countries, such as the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, Sweden, France, Japan, China, Vietnam, Bulgaria, India, and others. She has to her name 21 scripts for documentary films and three plays.

While the Nobel Prize in Literature is for a writer's life work, there are nine Literature Laureates for whom the Swedish Academy singled out a specific work for particular recognition: Mikhail Sholokhov in 1965; Ernest Hemingway in 1954; Roger Martin Du Gard in 1937; John Galsworthy in 1932; Thomas Mann in 1929; Wladyslaw Reymont in 1924; Knut Hamsun in 1920; Carl Spitteler in 1919; Theodor Mommsen in 1902.

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