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Ent 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 storie. Sometime in the future we will understand Chernobyl as a philosophy Two states divided by barbed wire one the zone itself the other everywhere else People have hung white towels on the rotting stakes around the zone as if they were crucifixes It s a custom here People go there as if to a graveyard A post technological world Time has gone backwards What is buried there is not only their home but a whole epoch An epoch of faith In science In an ideal of social justice A great empire came apart at the seems collapsed First Afghanistan then Chernobyl When the empire disintegrated we were on our own I hesitate to say it butwe love Chernobyl We have come to love it It is the meaning of our lives which we have found again the meaning of our sufferingLike the war The world heard about us Belarusians after Chernobyl It was our introduction to Europe Chairwoman Woman s committee of Children of ChernobylMy own memories of April 26 1986 and the Chernobyl catastrophe are vague I was only nine years old and not interested in the news I do however remember my parents being glued to the TV set on that day I didn t fully understand what was going on but knew it was badOver time my knowledge of the disaster remained sketchy picking up bits of information here and there but it felt to me like the whole event was brushed under the carpet for the rest of the world to forget no outside eyes getting on to what really happened in the clean up operation Until now and reading Alexievich s book the only image that was strong in my mind is of the abandoned bumper cars from the visiting fair rotting away in a mechanical graveyardThat s now all changedWhatever her genre Svetlana Alexievich is an original a true voice a voice that is hers and hers alone but it s through the voice of others the ones the rest of the world never got to here opening up on their thoughts living smack bang in the middle of the worse possible nightmare Exploring pain and loss on an unprecedented scale the forgotten speak out making for one of the most upsetting harrowing and heart felt books I will ever get to read If there is a light at the end of the tunnel it s no than a pinprick to the naked eye this is writing of immense suffering of death the soul of mankind rocked to it s core But it is also filled with a gigantic love an all powerful love that no amount of radiation could ever destroy as these people show what big hearts us humans carry around with us Some of the accounts within I just couldn t uite believe that had me seeing red Surely this is some sort of joke how the hell could these things be aloud to happen this was 1986 not 1896 the bodies in control or should that be no control what so ever should hang their heads in shame The amount of deaths and deformities that should never have been allowed to happen makes me sick to the stomach Some were unavoidable Most weren tA true history of its people need be no than the howls of despair of millions of souls Punctuated by moments of incredible tenderness courage and grim humour The scale of the devastation and its insidious nature are perhaps beyond the power of the individual mind to imagine which is one good reason why the polyphonic form Alexievich has made her own is so uniue and so appropriate Only the voice of the witnesses can do the events justice and in Chernobyl Prayer after some shocking facts about the explosion and its immediate aftermath it s the testimony of those living close by that grab you around the neck before dragging you off into their world Alexievich s documentary approach makes the experiences vivid sometimes almost unbearably so but it s a remarkably democratic way of constructing a book and at no point did I ever lose attention It s far too important for that Svetlana Alexievich fully deserved the Nobel Prize for her work But compare this to the agonising accounts she writes about it soon becomes meaningless A book I didn t want to read but I HAD to read Comfort of a Man up the disaster and their storie. 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Winner of the Nobel Prize in LiteratureOn April 26 1986 the worst nuclear reactor accident in history occurred in Chernobyl and contaminated as much as three uarters of Europe Voices from Chernobyl is the first book to pres. The Belarusian journalist Svetlana Alexievich spent three years interviewing people who had been involved in Chernobyl villagers from the surrounding area liuidators members of the cleanup suad widows and children nuclear scientists politicians even people who incredibly had moved to Chernobyl after the accident She presents their words almost without comment Sometimes she adds a Laughs sometimes Stops sometimes Starts crying sometimes Breaks down completely I am not sure I have ever read anything uite as horrifying It is like a very well written post apocalyptic novel in many voices and it s all true Here are some extractsFrom the translator s prefaceThe literature on the subject is pretty unanimous in its opinion that the Soviet system had taken a poorly designed reactor and then staffed it with a group of incompetents It then proceeded as the interviews in this book show to lie about the disaster in the most criminal way In the crucial first ten days when the reactor was burning and releasing a steady stream of highly radioactive material into the surrounding area the authorities repeatedly claimed that the situation was under controlFrom the Historical NotesDuring the Second World War one out of every four Belarussians was killed today one out of five Belarussians lives on contaminated land This amounts to 21 million people of whom 700000 are childrenFrom a liuidator s accountWe had good jokes too Here s one An American robot is on the roof of the reactor for five minutes then it breaks down The Japanese robot is on the roof for five minutes then it breaks down The Russian robot s been up on the roof for two hours Then someone shouts over the loudspeaker Private Ivanov Two hours and you can take a cigarette breakFrom a nuclear physicist s accountThere s a moment in Ales Adamovich s book when he s talking to Andrei Sakharov Do you know says Sakharov the father of the hydrogen bomb how pleasantly the air smells of ozone after a nuclear explosionFrom a politician s accountI was First Secretary of the Regional Committee of the Party I said absolutely not What will people think if I take my daughter with her baby out of here Their children have to stay Those people who tried to leave to save their own skins I d call them into the regional committee Are you a Communist or not It was a test for people If I m a criminal then why was I killing my own grandchild Goes on for some time but it is impossible to understand what he is sayingFrom a teacher s accountOur family tried not to economize we bought the most expensive salami hoping it would be made of good meat Then we found that it was the expensive salami that they mixed the contaminated meat into thinking well since it was expensive fewer people would buy itFrom a widow s accountWhen we buried him I covered his face with two handkerchiefs If someone asked me to I lifted them up One woman fainted And she used to be in love with him I was jealous of her once Let me look at him one last time All rightFrom a father s accountMy daughter was six years old I m putting her to bed and she whispers in my ear Daddy I want to live I m still little And I had thought she didn t understand anythingFrom the author s afterwordThese people had already seen what for everyone else is still unseen I felt like I was recording the future Out of Bounds (Boundaries, uarters of Europe Voices from Chernobyl is the first book to pres. The Belarusian journalist Svetlana Alexievich spent three years interviewing people who had been involved in Chernobyl villagers from the surrounding area liuidators members of the cleanup suad widows and children nuclear scientists politicians even people who incredibly had moved to Chernobyl after the accident She presents their words almost without comment Sometimes she adds a Laughs sometimes Stops sometimes Starts crying sometimes Breaks down completely I am not sure I have ever read anything Grass, Sky, Song uite as horrifying It is like a very well written post apocalyptic novel in many voices and it s all true Here are some extractsFrom the translator s prefaceThe literature on the subject is pretty Otter Chaos! 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S reveal the fear anger and uncertainty with which they still live Composed of interviews in monologue form Voices from Chernobyl is a crucially important work of immense force unforgettable in its emotional power and hones. Very touching voices chronicling the Chernobyl experience and comparing life before and after the moment that changed everything Svetlana Alexievich captures the suffering of ordinary people of all walks of life as well as that of professional staff sent to Chernobyl to deal with the crisis immediately after it happened She creates a social panorama of the society that was affected in its totality by the nuclear disasterI will never forget my feelings in 1986 living in West Germany and attending a small town primary school All of a sudden global politics became a tangible reality and a threat Chernobyl was the first man made disaster that I experienced and understood After Chernobyl nothing was ever as innocent as before again A wake up call for my social conscience you could say But I never grasped what it was like for the people who were there who saw it happen who had to make decisions on their future based on that catastrophe Reading Alexievich gave me inside knowledge of the nightmare I remember from my childhood While we were just kept away from certain foods and weren t allowed to play in the sandbox or go on field trips people in proximity to Chernobyl fought often hopelessly for their livesI had to put down the book several times and take a break as the stories are painful to read particularly those which tell of ordinary issues and problems and of ordinary people The individuals telling their stories are not heroes and they don t have the privilege of being seen and heard and worshipped for their suffering like religious martyrs or soldiers They just happened to be singled out by the shared experience of the disasterWe re often silent We don t yell and we don t complain We re patient as always Because we don t have the words yet We re afraid to talk about it We don t know how It s not an ordinary experience and the uestions it raises are not ordinary The world has been split in two there s us the Chernobylites and then there s you the others Have you noticed No one here points out that they re Russian or Belarussian or Ukrainian We all call ourselves Chernobylites We re from Chernobyl I m a Chernobylite As if this is a separate people A new nationIt is the author s strength to put those silent voices on loudspeaker to let them have their say to let them show the others what it was really like to live through a nuclear accident Alexievich gives literature a democratic touch not putting her creativity in focus but rather her empathy for the different people she encounters Her literary skills lies in the careful collection and arrangement of the disparate voices to a reading experience of uniue characterIntense reading I strongly recommend it to the world of today Read and think The Forgotten Memoir of John Knox uncertainty with which they still live Composed of interviews in monologue form Voices from Chernobyl is a crucially important work of immense force The Illusionists unforgettable in its emotional power and hones. Very touching voices chronicling the Chernobyl experience and comparing life before and after the moment that changed everything Svetlana Alexievich captures the suffering of ordinary people of all walks of life as well as that of professional staff sent to Chernobyl to deal with the crisis immediately after it happened She creates a social panorama of the society that was affected in its totality by the nuclear disasterI will never forget my feelings in 1986 living in West Germany and attending a small town primary school All of a sudden global politics became a tangible reality and a threat Chernobyl was the first man made disaster that I experienced and Planet of the Bugs understood After Chernobyl nothing was ever as innocent as before again A wake Fishes of the Open Ocean up call for my social conscience you could say But I never grasped what it was like for the people who were there who saw it happen who had to make decisions on their future based on that catastrophe Reading Alexievich gave me inside knowledge of the nightmare I remember from my childhood While we were just kept away from certain foods and weren t allowed to play in the sandbox or go on field trips people in proximity to Chernobyl fought often hopelessly for their livesI had to put down the book several times and take a break as the stories are painful to read particularly those which tell of ordinary issues and problems and of ordinary people The individuals telling their stories are not heroes and they don t have the privilege of being seen and heard and worshipped for their suffering like religious martyrs or soldiers They just happened to be singled out by the shared experience of the disasterWe re often silent We don t yell and we don t complain We re patient as always Because we don t have the words yet We re afraid to talk about it We don t know how It s not an ordinary experience and the Out of Bounds (Boundaries, uestions it raises are not ordinary The world has been split in two there s Grass, Sky, Song us the Chernobylites and then there s you the others Have you noticed No one here points out that they re Russian or Belarussian or Ukrainian We all call ourselves Chernobylites We re from Chernobyl I m a Chernobylite As if this is a separate people A new nationIt is the author s strength to put those silent voices on loudspeaker to let them have their say to let them show the others what it was really like to live through a nuclear accident Alexievich gives literature a democratic touch not putting her creativity in focus but rather her empathy for the different people she encounters Her literary skills lies in the careful collection and arrangement of the disparate voices to a reading experience of Otter Chaos! 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About the Author: Svetlana Alexievich

Svetlana Alexievich was born in Ivano Frankivsk Ukraine Her father was Belarusian and her mother Ukrainian Alexievich grew up in Belarus where both her parents were teachers She studied to be a journalist at the University of Minsk and worked a teacher journalist and editor In Minsk she has worked at the newspaper Sel'skaja Gazeta Alexievich's criticism of the political regimes in the Sovi



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  1. says:

    Today April 26th is the 26th 27th anniversary of Chernobyl catastrophe In case you're wondering no Google did NOT feature it on its home page same as last year sadly But shouldn't humanity remember this disaster?T

  2. says:

    I was about 5 when Chernobyl happened and my family lived near the Baltic Sea not that far from the explosion zone relatively speaking I can't really remember what exactly I understood about what had happened I remember our family friend's little niece came from Belarus to stay for the summer I have strange knowledge of the dangers of radi

  3. says:

    The Belarusian journalist Svetlana Alexievich spent three years interviewing people who had been involved in Chernobyl villa

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    Chernobyl is like the war of all wars There’s nowhere to hide Not underground not underwater not in the airWhile cheerful carols played holiday lights sparkled and countless dollars were being spent on mostly unnecessary gadgets and superfluous luxuries I read this account of one of the worst disasters ever to afflict our planet I sunk further into the funk that threatened the existence of my Christmas tree and that brought my o

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    You feel how some completely unseen thing can enter and then destroy the whole world can crawl into you Dejecting

  6. says:

    Sometime in the future we will understand Chernobyl as a philosophy Two states divided by barbed wire one the zone itself; the other

  7. says:

    I will never forget a documentary I saw about the nuclear disaster at the Chernobyl power plant in 1986 This documentary The Battle of Chernobyl directed by Thomas Johnson provides a very good understanding of what happened at the time of the accident and afterwards It contains rare original footage and interviews with people who were present or involved in the handling of this catastrophe It's available on demand on Vimeo and I

  8. says:

    As I watched the HBO miniseries about Chernobyl I thought incessantly about the people the first responders the fa

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    Very touching voices chronicling the Chernobyl experience and comparing life before and after the moment that changed everything Svetlana Alexievich captures the suffering of ordinary people of all walks of life as well as that of pr

  10. says:

    Damn it This book broke my heart I mean I’ve read all about it before I’ve watched things BUT it still breaks my heart all these people went through and the animals 🥺Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾

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