Voices From Chernobyl

Voices From Chernobyl

The Oral History of A Nuclear Disaster

Book - 2006
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Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature
Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award

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.

Publisher: New York : Picador, 2006.
ISBN: 9780312425845
Characteristics: xiii, 236 p. ;,21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Gessen, Keith
Alternative Title: Tchernobylskaia molitva.


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Yvette_LovesGCPL Oct 17, 2017

Warning: This book will make you feel things. Sadness, first and foremost. It is the tale not just of the nuclear disaster that happened at Chernobyl, it is the tale of the people who experienced it. A tale of the citizens and of their families. Words cannot properly describe this book. I highly recommend this read.

Jul 19, 2017

Harrowing experience! Just don't read before going to sleep, you will have nightmares.

Dec 14, 2016


Aug 16, 2016

Very good. Some mildly scary events.

ezhurbin Dec 01, 2015

Amazing, emotionally powerful, and raw book. I was tearing up throughout the book. It gives "monologues" from different people who had to deal with Chernobyl-villagers, liquidators and their relatives, scientists, refugees from former USSR, even party members. The scariest thing is how some refugees said that they could only feel and be free in Chernobyl; there was no other place for them. The overarching theme is the inhumanity of the Communist regime-human life was less than nothing for them. The book really makes you appreciate your life and how lucky we are who don't have to deal with such horrors.

PoMoLibrary Aug 15, 2015

From our 2015 #80DayRead Summer Reading Club traveler Kate: It takes an incredible author to turn something of such horror into something of beauty. Yet in all the interviews throughout this book, despite the sorrow and anger, lie life-affirming messages which left me with more gratitude than before.

Jan 27, 2012

I loved this book. It was so real so raw, it made me cry. This book was just a wake up call on how lucky I am. I can't imagine the horrors these people had seen. Watching a loved on die by them burning from the inside out. I just loved this book.

Jun 21, 2011

recommended by Decidedly Grim

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