Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster

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Paw Prints, Oct 20, 2008 - History - 236 pages
Voices from Chernobyl is the first book to present personal accounts of what happened on April 26, 1986, when the worst nuclear reactor accident in history contaminated as much as three quarters of Europe. Svetlana Alexievich--a journalist who now suffers from an immune deficiency developed while researching this book--interviewed hundreds of people affected by the meltdown. Their narratives form a crucial document revealing how the government masked the event with deception and denial. Harrowing and unforgettable, Voices from Chernobyl bears witness to a tragedy and its aftermath in a book that is as unforgettable as it is essential.

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...................................... " ...no one knows what Chernobyl is." .....Valentina Panasevich, wife of a liquidator. "I used to think I could understand everything and express everything ... Read full review

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This book was fascinating. I have seen pictures and watched television shows on Chernobyl but actually reading the words spoken by true survivors was heart-wrenching. I think that this book is a very ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Svetlana Alexievich was born in the Ukraine and studied journalism at the University of Minsk. She has received numerous awards for her writing, including a prize from the Swedish PEN Institute for "courage and dignity as a writer.

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