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Voices from Chernobyl : [the oral history of a nuclear disaster]

Author: Svetlana Aleksievich; Keith Gessen
Publisher: Normal [Ill.] : Dalkey Archive Press, 2005.
Series: Russian literature series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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.
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Genre/Form: Interview
Personal Narrative
Personal narratives
Personal narratives, Belarusian
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Svetlana Aleksievich; Keith Gessen
ISBN: 1564784010 9781564784018 0312425848 9780312425845
OCLC Number: 557532937
Notes: Subtitle from jacket.
"A Lannan selection"--Jacket flyleaf.
Awards: Winner of National Book Critics Circle Award (Nonfiction) 2005
Winner of ALA Notable Books (Nonfiction) 2006
Description: x, 240 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: Translator's preface --
Historical note --
Prologue: A solitary human voice --
pt. I: The land of the dead : On why we remember ; About what can be talked about with the living and the dead ; About a whole life written down on doors ; By those who returned ; About what radiation looks like ; About a song without words ; About a homeland ; About how a person is only clever and refined in evil ; Soldiers' chorus --
pt. II: The land of the living : About old prophecies ; About a moonlit landscape ; About a man whose tooth was hurting when he saw Christ fall ; About a single bullet ; About how we can't live without Chekhov and Tolstoy ; About war movies ; A scream ; About a new nation ; About writing Chernobyl ; About lies and truths ; People's chorus --
pt. III: Amazed by sadness : About what we didn't know: death can be so beautiful ; About the shovel and the atom ; About taking measurements ; About how the frightening things in life happen quietly and naturally ; About answers ; About memories ; About loving physics ; About expensive salami ; About freedom and the dream of an ordinary death ; About the shadow of death ; About a damaged child ; About political strategy ; By a defender of the Soviet government ; About instructions ; About the limitless power one person can have over another ; About why we love Chernobyl ; Children's chorus ; A solitary human voice --
In place of an epilogue.
Series Title: Russian literature series.
Other Titles: Charnobylʹskai︠a︡ malitva.
Responsibility: Svetlana Alexievich ; translation and preface by Keith Gessen.
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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.

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