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Voices from Chernobyl; The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster

Voices from Chernobyl; The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster

Voices from Chernobyl; The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster
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Voices from Chernobyl; The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster

by Alexievich, Svetlana, and Gessen, Keith (Translator)

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New York: Picador, 2006. Later printing. Trade paperback. Very good. xiii, [3], 236, [4] pages. Cover has slight wear and soiling. Front cover states: Awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. Translator's Preface. Historical Notes. Prologue: A Solitary Human Voice. Part One: The Land of the Dead. Part Two: The Land of the Living. Part Three: Amazed by Sadness. In Place of an Epilogue. On April 26, 1986, the worst nuclear reactor accident in history occurred in Chernobyl and contaminated as much as three quarters of Europe. Voices from Chernobyl is the first book to present personal accounts of the tragedy. Journalist Svetlana Alexievich interviewed hundreds of people affected by the meltdown---from innocent citizens to firefighters to those called in to clean up the disaster---and their stories reveal the fear, anger, and uncertainty with which they still live. Comprised of interviews in monologue form, Voices from Chernobyl is a crucially important work, unforgettable in its emotional power and honesty. Svetlana Alexievich is a journalist by trade, who now suffers from an immune deficiency developed while researching this book, presents personal accounts of what happened to the people of Belarus after the nuclear reactor accident in 1986, and the fear, anger, and uncertainty that they still live with. Chernobyl, the acclaimed HBO miniseries (winner of ten Emmy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards), is based in large part on the personal recollections from Voices from Chernobyl. Svetlana Alexandrovna Alexievich (born 31 May 1948) is a Belarusian investigative journalist, essayist and oral historian who writes in Russian. She was awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature "for her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time". She is the first writer from Belarus to receive the award. Alexievich's books trace the emotional history of the Soviet and post-Soviet individual through carefully constructed collages of interviews. According to Russian writer and critic Dmitry Bykov, her books owe much to the ideas of Belarusian writer Ales Adamovich, who felt that the best way to describe the horrors of the 20th century was not by creating fiction but through recording the testimonies of witnesses. Belarusian poet Uladzimir Nyaklyayew called Adamovich "her literary godfather". He also named the documentary novel I'm From Fire Village by Ales Adamovich, Janka Bryl and Uladzimir Kalesnik, about the villages burned by the German troops during the occupation of Belarus, as the main single book that has influenced Alexievich's attitude to literature. Alexievich has confirmed the influence of Adamovich and Belarusian writer Vasil Byka , among others. She regards Varlam Shalamov as the best writer of the 20th century. Her most notable works in English translation include a collection of first-hand accounts from the war in Afghanistan (Zinky Boys: Soviet Voices from a Forgotten War) and an oral history of the Chernobyl disaster (Voices from Chernobyl). Alexievich interviewed more than 500 eyewitnesses, including firefighters, liquidators (members of the cleanup team), politicians, physicians, physicists, and ordinary citizens over a period of 10 years. The book relates the psychological and personal tragedy of the Chernobyl accident, and explores the experiences of individuals and how the disaster affected their lives. Chernobyl Prayer was first published in Russian in 1997. The American translation was awarded the 2005 National Book Critics Circle Award for general non-fiction.


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Voices from Chernobyl; The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster
Alexievich, Svetlana, and Gessen, Keith (Translator)
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Nuclear Reactor, Nuclear Disaster, Nuclear Accident, Radiation Sickness, Interviews, Survivors, Casualties, Emergency Response, Eyewitnesses, First Responders, Oral History

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