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Taobuk Award for Literary Excellence to belarusian writer Svetlana Aleksievič

The Nobel Prize-winning writer expected in Taormina on October 3, had already accepted the nomination last January, before the events that are upsetting Belarus. The award is a symbolic gesture to accept the invitation of the Nobel Prize winner to support the voice of dissent in her country.


Svetlana Aleksievič

The dramatic situation in Belarus, as history teaches every time democracy is denied and trampled on, leads to question to what extent the international community can intervene for the defense of civil rights, at the level of the highest political and humanitarian organizations. And Culture? It's easy to say that Culture shouldn't be a part of Politics, while instead it always happens that Politics conditions and has always conditioned Culture. The only weapon that the latter can put in place is to raise its voice, take responsibility for a position, support the reasons for dissent.


This is why Taobuk-Taormina International Book Festival explicitly and publicly accepts the appeal of the Belarusian writer Svetlana Aleksievič, who on October 3 will be, or should be (conditional is a must) in Taormina, where she is expected to receive the Taobuk Award for Literary Excellence, already awarded in previous editions to other writers with a declared civil commitment, from Luis Sepulveda to Orhan Pamuk.


When Svetlana Aleksievič accepted last January, it was difficult to foreshadow the events of these days. If anything, in the months that followed, the problem of the health emergency had taken over, providing the Nobel Prize-winning writer with a special visa, precisely in view of the character and the event.


The Prize, loaded with ethical as well as artistic value, is already in Svetlana's hands and Taobuk's support consists in making this investiture public well before the evening of October 3 at the Teatro Antico. The Taobuk Award was given to her by the commission with the eloquent motivation: "For having demonstrated a deep social awareness and civil courage, through unforgettable masterpieces she has highlighted the role of intellectuals in our society. As a writer, in all her books and in particular in the last one published in Italy, Tempo di seconda mano (Bompiani), she has punctually analyzed the complexity of an important historical passage towards the current scenarios, telling in the stories of women and men, protagonists, victims and executioners, the choral drama of the common people in the Great Communist Utopia".