The key points of her creative work form an intersection of fiction, journalistic and documentary genres, capturing memories of eyewitnesses. (1) Born in Ukraine, she writes predominantly in Russian.
Her debut book was released in 1975. Alexiyevich's first documentary book "War's Unwomanly Face" (У войны не женское лицо, 1985) represents women's testimonies about World War II. It was published in numerous re-editions and over 2 million copies of it were sold. Later on her books like "The Chernobyl Prayer" (Чернобыльская молитва, 1997, in Belarusian Чарнобыльская малітва, 1999) was also released in numerous issues and all world languages (2).
Recently, she has worked on an extensive cycle of documentary texts and memoirs about the life of a "Soviet man". The cycle was further called "The Voices of Utopia" (Голоса Утопии). The fifth part of the cycle titled "Secondhand Time" (Время секонд хэнд, 2013) reflects on the period after the fall of the Soviet Union.