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.
Winner of the National Book Critics Circle AwardWinner of the Nobel Prize in Literature
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. Chernobyl
, the acclaimed HBO miniseries (winner of ten Emmy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards), is based in large part on the personal recollections from Voices from Chernobyl
. On April 26, 1986, the worst nuclear reactor accident in history occurred in Chernobyl and contaminated as much as three quarters of Europe. Voices from Chernobyl
is the first book to present 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 stories reveal the fear, anger, and uncertainty with which they still live. Comprised of interviews in monologue form, Voices from Chernobyl
is a crucially important work, unforgettable in its emotional power and honesty. The Nobel Prize in Literature was awarded to Svetlana Alexievich
for her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time.