Voices From Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster
by Svetlana Alexievich
1997 / 244 pages
rating – 9.25
Svetlana Alexievich is now a Nobel Laureate in large part because of this book which describes the horror which was (or possibly still is) Chernobyl, the site of the largest nuclear melt-down in history.
In April of 1986 an explosion at the plant set off a fire which produced an enormous amount of radioactive particles contaminating the entire environment including the air, land, and water. Only two people died at the scene at the time but over the years the residents of the area became ill and died or had mutated babies – Chernobyl babies. The area is still not totally clean.
This is the story of the disaster from the eyes and in the words of the people who lived (and live) there, what they saw, what they did and how they felt/ feel. It’s also the same sorts of things from the people who were sent in to work there, the soldiers, scientists and medical personnel. And it’s about those who covered it up, kept it secret, killing more people to protect their superiors or the government – to meet quotas, to prevent panic, etc. Hundreds of thousands of people were killed or adversely affected, millions probably, no one really knows. >>>>MORE >>>>