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Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster - Swietłana Aleksijewicz, Keith Gessen
Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster
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Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award 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... show more
Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award 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.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780312425845 (0312425848)
ASIN: 312425848
Publisher: Picador
Pages no: 256
Edition language: English
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Chris' Fish Place
Chris' Fish Place rated it
5.0 On the Crowdsourced list
I read this after watching the HBO mini series about the disaster. If you have seen it, the firefighter’s wife, the one who follows her husband, her account opens this collection of oral histories. It pretty sets the stage for the rest of the history that follows. It is not easy reading. There are b...
Lillelara
Lillelara rated it
5.0 Chernobyl Prayer
I went into the Zone from the very beginning. I remember stopping in a village being struck by the silence. No birds, nothing. You walk down a street … silence. Well, of course, I knew all the cottages were lifeless, that there were no people because they had all left, but everything around had fall...
Muccamukk
Muccamukk rated it
4.0 Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster
It took me a long time to read this because it was so brutal, but it was exceptionally well written and put together. I really liked the progression of stories told in it, and how well she captured her subjects and compiled them. It really did feel like a huge discordant chorus of voices.I would hav...
Tower of Iron Will
Tower of Iron Will rated it
4.0 Invisible War with No Enemy
Voices from Chernobyl is a collection of first person accounts from survivors of the Chernobyl accident. The people Alexievich interviewed are not scientists or politicians, they are soldiers, farmers, and school teachers. Often the survivors describe the events around Chernobyl as being like a war,...
Reader! Reader!
Reader! Reader! rated it
4.0 Voices from Chernobyl
An excellent collection of oral histories. And an important collection of oral histories. Alexievich interviewed many people affected by Chernobyl—evacuated residents, re-settlers (largely the elderly who lived in the area their entire lives and ethnic Russians fleeing southern/eastern former USSR s...
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