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Voices from Chernobyl, Svetlana Alexievich ; translation and preface by Keith Gessen

Voices from Chernobyl
Voices from Chernobyl
Statement of responsibility
Svetlana Alexievich ; translation and preface by Keith Gessen
On April 25, 1986, the worst nuclear reactor accident in history occurred in Chernobyl. Until now, all of the books published in English focused on the facts, names, and data. Voices from Chernobyl presents first-hand accounts of what happened to the people of Belarus and the fear, anger, and uncertainty that they lived through. In order to give a voice to their experiences, Svetlana Alexievich--a journalist by trade--interviewed hundreds of people who had been affected by the meltdown. From innocent citizens to firefighters to those called in to clean up the disaster, Voices from Chernobyl is a crucial document of what happened and how people reacted to it. Alexievich presents these interviews in monologue form, giving readers a harrowing inside view into the minds of the affected people untempered by government spin, accusations, or judgements, leaving the reader with just the life-shattering pain of living through such an event and its aftermath
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
no index present
Language note
Translation of: Tchernobylskaïa molitva
Literary form
non fiction
Voices from Chernobyl, Svetlana Alexievich ; translation and preface by Keith Gessen
  • "Lannan selections"--P. [241]
  • "First published in Russian as Tchernobylskaia Molitva by Editions Ostojie, 1997"--T.p. verso
Translator's preface -- Historical note -- Prologue: solitary human voice -- Part one: land of the dead -- On why we remember -- About what can be talked about with the living and the dead -- About a whole life written down on doors -- By those who returned -- About what radiation looks like -- About a song without words -- About a homeland -- About how a person is only clever and refined in evil -- Soldiers' chorus -- Part two: land of the living: about old prophecies -- About a moonlit landscape -- About a man whose tooth was hurting when he saw Christ fall -- About a single bullet -- About how we can't live without Chekhov and Tolstoy -- About war movies -- A scream -- About a new nation -- About writing Chernobyl -- About lies and truths -- People's chorus -- Part three: amazed by sadness: about what we didn't know: death can be so beautiful -- About the shovel and the atom -- About taking measurements -- About how the frightening things in life happen quietly and naturally -- About answers -- About memories -- About loving physics -- About expensive salami -- About freedom and the dream of an ordinary death -- About the shadow of death -- About a damaged child -- About political strategy -- By a defender of the soviet government -- About instructions -- About the limitless power one person can have over another -- About why we love Chernobyl -- Children's chorus -- Solitary human voice -- In place of an epilogue
Control code
23 cm.
1st ed.
x, 240, [1] p.

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