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The Chernobyl Herbarium: Fragments of an Exploded Consciousness
We entrust readers with thirty fragments of reflections, meditations, recollections, and images--one for each year that has passed since the explosion that rocked and destroyed a part of the Chernobyl nuclear power station in April 1986. The aesthetic visions, thoughts, and experiences that have made their way into this book hover in a grey region between the singular and ...more
PDF, 78 pages
Published 2016 by Open Humanities Press
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A fascinating little book ruminating on the effects of Chernobyl on the natural environment. The images/photography are particularly resonant, as well as Fragments 6 (“One is ineluctably passive in the face of radioactivity”), 9 (“Besides the plants that have grown in radioactive soil, the shards of our own exploded consciousness are reassembled in it, albeit not glued together—neither mended nor healed”), 11 (“voices and words (whispered or screamed out)”), 13 (“’It strokes the surfaces of thin ...more
Brilliantly constructed considerations through art and philosophy on the meaning of Chernobyl (as a place, as a disaster) with a perfectly weighted balance between theory and personal experience. The featured artworks (scans of plant-life from Chernobyl) are haunting and abrupt as bridges between each of the 'fragments' (or chapters).
Michael Marder is IKERBASQUE Research Professor of Philosophy at the University of the Basque Country (UPV-EHU), Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain. An author of seven books and over 100 articles, he is a specialist in phenomenology, political thought, and environmental philosophy.