Chernobyl Prayer: A Chronicle of the Future
A startling history of the Chernobyl disaster by Svetlana Alexievich, the winner of the Nobel prize in literature 2015
On 26 April 1986, at 1.23am, a series of explosions shook the Chernobyl nuclear reactor. Flames lit up the sky and radiation escaped to contaminate the land and poison the people for years to come. While officials tried to hush up the accident, Svetlana Al
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This is one of the most horrifying books I have ever read. It reads like a postapocalyptic story, except for all of it is horrifyingly real.
Svetlana Alexievich, a journalist, provides real but almost surreal in their horror oral accounts of Chernobyl disaster. On April 26 ...more
"You feel how some completely unseen thing can enter and then destroy the whole world, can crawl into you."Dejecting and quintessential, Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster contains the harrowing accounts of lives lost and lived after the cataclysmic disaster that happened on April 26, 1986, near the city of Pripyat. The explosion created a seemingly bright crimson glow in the sky. Awestruck, residents nearby marvelled at its exhilarating beauty.
"We didn't know that...more
One of the poets says somewhere that animals are a different people. I killed them by the ten, by the hundred, thousand, not even knowing what they were called. I destroyed their houses, their secrets. And buried them. Buried them.
These people don't exist any more, just the documents in our mus ...more
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 disaster.
I will never forget my feelings in 1986, living in West Germany and att ...more
A few years ago, I left a copy of Maus I: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History out on the table. It was designed as a sort of breadcrumb trail for my teenaged son who didn’t need to read since he already knew everything. I hoped he might be sucked in by the pictures.
A week later my son walked out of his bedroom clutching the book. “Have you read this!?” he was nearly yelling with urgency. “This guy…I can’t believe…shit! I’m telling my English teacher that he needs to make everyone in the ...more
Nobel prize makes us read writers we hadn't even heard of before. A good thing for sure. When I saw the news flash of 2014 lit prize I was like Patrick Who? The same as this year. Well, of course this is my utter ignorance, so far as this year's winner is concerned, who seems to be quite well-known in serious reading circles. If creative non-fiction is as good for Nobel as fiction and poetry, I'm wondering why didn't Ryszard Kapuściński ever get it. Now tha ...more
The second interview is with a psychologist who lived through World War II in the Ukraine and still can't find anything that compares to working in the Zone.
The third is with one of the old women ...more
Iudica me, Deus, et discerne causam meam de gente non sancta; ab homine iniquo et doloso eripe me (Judge me, O God, and distinguish my cause from the nation that is not holy:
deliver me from the unjust and deceitful man) Psalm 42,1
May the dead all be embraced by eternal life, and may the pain of the living one day have justice in front of the Almighty.
There's nowhere to hide. Not underground, not underwater, not in the air.I was born in the age of the known Chernobyl.
Everyone found a justification for themselves, an explanation. I experimented on myself. And basically I found out that the frightening things in life happen quietly and naturally.Who are our fittest.
In Afghanistan death was a normal thing. You could understand it there.Who are our heroes.
I didn't know we weren't allowed to love here.Rabbits reabsorb their young when the ...more
A lone human voice
The author interviews herself on missing history and why Chernobyl calls our view of the world into question
--Chernobyl Prayer: A Chronicle of the Future
A lone human voice
In place of an epilogue
“It sometimes felt to me as if I was recording the future.”
I recently spent a weekend riveted in front of the TV, watching the incredible HBO series “Chernobyl”, sitting on the edge of my seat, unglued by the story I saw on the screen, impressed by the flawless cinematography and utterly baffled that a TV show about a nuclear explosion could freak me out way more than any horror movie ever had. I read an interview with the seri ...more
One day I will read this book again.
One day when I can muster the courage to trek back to my tear-stained copy.
Not only is Alexievich a wonderful journalist, but a woman who knows how to talk to people as fellow human beings who pour out their aching hearts onto the pages of these books.
She captures the dialogue wonderfully; she makes you feel as though you were at the Chernobyl Plant when it failed. She also manages to encapsulate such a rich var ...more
Chernobyl stays unknown even for those who ruined their lives there. It is a terrifying stare down the abyss. The experience of apathy, insensibility in all its magnitude. It is unlike anything an ...more
This book is as bad as some of the most horrific apocalyptic/dystop ...more
It’s a masterpiece of writing that packs the initial punch of reliving a young woman’s experiences by her dying husba ...more
Undoubtedly, this was one the most, if not the most powerful text written in Russian language for the last few decades. It's a doc book. Svetlana Aleksievich gave voice to dozens of ordinary people who suffered from Chernobyl disaster. They are telling their stories without auth ...more
On reading this book, one is re ...more
But now I know something more.
What can I say about your book, Svetlana? Not much, to be honest. My mind is processing it slowly, thinking about the format and methodology you used, wondering if what you have done is good enough to warrant having won the Nobel while, at the same time, marveling at the power of your work. You see, I had no idea of the greater impacts of the Chernobyl incident on the lives of the people who were misled and abused by the state. I had no means of under ...more
On the personal side of things, in April of 1986, I was not yet five, living in the shadow of a nuclear power plant in California. I had no idea about Chernobyl, of course, because I was four years old and that's not really the sort of thing you talk to a four-year-old about. But somewhere along the way, perhaps when we were practicing being evacuated by bus at the local elementary school or when my mother told me about taking iodine to prevent radiation damage or when we heard the siren tests o ...more
On April 26 1986 the worst nuclear reactor accident in history occured in Chernobyl and contaminated as much as three quaters of Europe. Voices from Chernobyl Presents personal accounts of the tragedy.
I remember here in Ireland in 2002 Iodine tablets designed to counteract radioactive iodine were issued across Ireland amid fears of a terrorist attack on the Sellafield site, which is just 180 kilometres from the Irish coast. The 2002 batch – 14. ...more
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