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Accident by Christa Wolf
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Oct 23, 2011

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East German author Christa Wolf examines uncertainty, fragility and the power of information both on a global and a psychological level in a novel about a woman whose brother is nearly killed in an accident the very same day the Chernobyl nuclear accident occures. Wolf follows the woman through the course of that one day.

The narration is stream of consciousness in form, making the text somewhat heavy, but still very readable and communicative. Thankfully this deeply personal approach still allows for some universal analysis of the main themes. What the Chernobyl disaster tells about the safety of the world? How easily does our race handle and implement information we have without the realization that more is needed? How come do politics get in the way when issues affecting the whole of Humanity are being decided?

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