Voices from Chernobyl
Translated by Keith Gessen
Collection Lannan Selections
A Reading the World Title
On April 26, 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 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 lifeshattering pain of living through such an event and its aftermath.
Nb of pages 253 p.
Publication Date 01 April 2005
Nb of pages 253
Dimensions 5.5 x 8.5 in.
List Price $22.95
Alexievich's book, which should be a melancholy experience, is both more and less than that. Her technique is a powerful mixture of eloquence and worlesness, describing incompetence, heroism and- Julian Evans
Voices from Chernobyl builds to the tragic power of a Greek chorus and it is unlikely that we will soon again read such a chronicle of agony and stupidity, heroism and loss.- Martin Cruz Smith
Alexievich . . . shows the physical, psychological, and spiritual costs of the disaster through a series of monologues that allow the pain, confusion, doubt, and strength of each speaker to be
As Haruki Murakami did in Underground . . . Alexievich puts full faith in the power of people's testimony, constructing a narrative from them alone . . . These voices are essential, powerful and brave. -John Freeman
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Genres : Literary Criticism, Philosophy and Theory : Interviews
Countries : Belarus
Genres : Nonfiction, Biographies and Memoirs