Svetlana Alexievich won the Nobel Prize for pioneering the kind of writing you find in this book. She works with oral history, using years and years of taped interviews, to create poetry out of real people’s stories and the absolute bloody catastrophe of Chernobyl. You have never read anything like this. You will find it difficult to sleep afterwards.
A journalist by trade, who now suffers from an immune deficiency developed while researching this book, presents personal accounts of what happened to the people of Belarus after the nuclear reactor accident in 1986, and the fear, anger, and uncertainty that they still live with. Svetlana Alexievich won the Nobel Prize in literature in 2015.
About the Author
Svetlana Alexievich was born in the Ukraine and studied journalism at the University of Minsk. Her books, including Voices from Chernobyl, document the emotional history Soviet and post-Soviet life through interviews. Alexievich has received numerous awards for her writing, including a prize from the Swedish PEN Institute for courage and dignity as a writer. She was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 2015 for her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time. Translator Keith Gessen was born in Russia and educated at Harvard. He is a founding editor of n+1 and has written about literature and culture for Dissent, The Nation, The New Yorker, and The New York Review of Books. He is the author of the novel A Terrible Country and a professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.