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Get this from a library! Voices from Chernobyl. [Svetlana Aleksievich; Keith Gessen] -- On April 25, , the worst nuclear reactor accident in history occurred in. Rowe has particular professional interests of his own, and we hear more of his voice in chapters such as those on arranging and life in the. Svetlana Alexievich, a Belarusian journalist and author of seven books, was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in recognition of her.

The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster. By Svetlana Alexievich.


Keith Gessen. New York: Picador, Xiii, pages.

Voices from Chernobyl

Svetlana Alexievich, a Belarusian journalist and author of seven books, was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in recognition of her "polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time" Nobel Media AB, "The Nobel Prize in Literature ," available at: In describing Alexievich's award and body of work, the Swedish Academy could have been describing Voices from Chernobyl , as it encapsulates what she is best known and admired for: Voices from Chernobyl is a testament to the people the living and the dead who experienced, endured, and coped with the tragic, and often infuriatingly incompetent, events surrounding the devastating nuclear explosion at Chernobyl in and its aftermath.

Alexievich's approach to this tale of Chernobyl is apparent from the beginning.

She opens with "Historical Notes," relying on a combination of five outside sources, such as the New York Times or the entry "Chernobyl" in Belaruskaya Entsiklopedia Belarusian Encyclopedia; unfortunately, she provides no publication details for this particular source , to explain to the uninformed reader both the Chernobyl incident itself and the current political atmosphere of Alexander Lukashenko's Belarus.

To follow, she chooses to highlight an account given by a woman who lost her fireman-husband to radiation poisoning, one of the most unforgettable testimonies of human love, horror, and loss I have ever read, setting it apart from the rest of the book as a prologue entitled "A Solitary Human Voice. Voices is divided into three roughly equal parts.

Eight chapters in part 1 chronicle "The Land of the Dead," in which we hear from people dealing with, articulating thoughts about, and testifying to the death that followed in the wake of the explosion—the death of loved ones and strangers, the death of the land and its animals, the death of a home and a homeland. The seven chapters in part 2, "The Land of the Living," focus on those living with the aftereffects of Chernobyl, from birth defects and infertility to spiritual or mental crisis and the stigma of being a "Chernobylite.

Alexievich's hand is evident in the ordering and style throughout, even though each chapter is presented as a first-person monologue.

Sometimes a monologue has a beautiful narrative flow, like a short story, while in other instances, the monologue is clearly a brief fragment of conversation or even a series of disjointed, not necessarily related quotes.

Occasionally Alexievich includes details like setting, body language, and nonverbal cues, but more often omits them. Throughout, in their own voices, those affected by Chernobyl try to make sense of the nonsensical, often expressing themselves in terms of the equally inscrutable, whether that be God, modern bureaucracy, war, or the collapse of the Soviet Union.

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Voices from Chernobyl Author: Svetlana Aleksievich ; Keith Gessen Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press, On April 25, , 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.

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Find a copy in the library Finding libraries that hold this item Print version:De esos libros que te golpean, que lo terminas y dices wow, la suerte que tengo de poder vivir tan tranquilamente, de no conocer la pesadilla que atravesaron esas personas. They hid them. Contaminated items from looted towns and villages appeared all over the country. You don't want to live too long? These spots would appear, then disappear. In case you're wondering - no, Google did NOT feature it on its home page same as last year, sadly.

Nor is the obedience to leadership, the self-sacrifice, and love of land easy to grasp. I want to bear witness.

How do people feel, think, live, after being confronted with this terrifying catastrophe.

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