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7 reasons why the winner of the Nobel Prize in literature is a Belarusian you don't know

7 reasons why the winner of the Nobel Prize in literature is a Belarusian you don't know

Once again, the Nobel Prize in literature was announced and most Americans were left scratching their heads. Svetlana who? From Bela-where?

It's been more than 20 years since an American was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature. That was Toni Morrison, in 1993. It's been hard for us to figure, because earlier in the 20th century, Americans dominated the Nobel Literature Laureates list: Sinclair Lewis (1930), Eugene O'Neill (1936), Pearl S. Buck (1938), William Faulkner (1949), Ernest Hemingway (1954), John Steinbeck (1962).

That's six wins in 32 years (a seventh if you include American-born T.S. Eliot, who won in 1948, after he had long been a resident of England). And now,...

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