No doubt in Koreas’ reunification, demise of dictatorship: Nobel prize winner

This year’s Nobel prize winner in literature has expressed her firm belief in the reunification of the Korean Peninsula, as all dictatorships are “destined to be doomed in this century of freedom.”

Svetlana Alexievich, the Belarusian writer and journalist, made the remarks during an interview with Yonhap News Agency in Minsk on Saturday (local time), a week after she won the Nobel Peace Prize for Literature for her portrayal of life in the former Soviet Union, which the Swedish Academy called “a monument to suffering and courage in our time.”

“I am aware of the Korean Peninsula being divided, and, of course, there is no doubt that the two Koreas will be unified in the end,” the writer said.

“All dictators are destined to go to their doom in the 21st century, the century of freedom, though they can be booming temporarily … What is crucial is that the reunification should be made peacefully without shedding blood,” she stressed.

The divided Korea is a remnant of the Cold War, with the communist North Korea being ruled by young dictator Kim Jong-un, who inherited power from his father.

“The egalitarianism the communism pursues ended up in a complete fiasco, as the people were not ready to accept such an ideology. But it has gained popularity among young people in Russia,” the vocal critic of Soviet ideology and its legacies noted.

“The whole world is worried about Russia, which has invested big in building a strong military. The liberalism and the democracy have been losing the voices, which is nothing but the way to a dead end,” she added.

Mentioning her 1997 book, “Voices from Chernobyl,” which put her in the spotlight, she called for seeking alternatives to replace atomic energy, “which can incur disaster.”

As part of her quest for human beings, the 67-year-old author now eyes “the two axis of life: love and death.”

“I think I was writing enough about the red man,” she said, citing Soviet people with dichotomous thinking. “Putting everything behind, what is left in the end is themes on love and death, with my literary genre that collects voices of different people.” (Yonhap)

The Korea Herald

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