Chernobyl author to appear at 2020 Budapest book festival


  • We Love Budapest

10/4/2019 2:58 PM

The award-winning author whose works inspired HBO’s hit series ‘Chernobyl’, Svetlana Alexievich, is coming to Hungary next spring as guest of honour at the Budapest International Book Festival 2020.

The festival, which runs over four days in April, is free to attend, and features authors, artists and other notable speakers from around the world. Author-audience discussions, readings, book signings and launches, concerts, exhibitions and film screenings are all on the menu.

Photo: Budapest International Book Festival

Special guest for 2020, Svetlana Alexievich began her career as an investigative journalist in Belarus, continuing to write dramatic literary retellings of events in Soviet history, such as World War II, the fall of the Soviet Union and the Chernobyl disaster. She won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2015, one of many awards to her name.

Alexievich’s popular Chernobyl Prayer was translated into English and served as the source of inspiration for HBO’s 2019 hit mini-series. Alexievich will be presented with the Budapest Grand Prix at the festival’s opening ceremony.

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