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Chernobyl Prayer

by Svetlana Alexievich

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ISBN: 9780241270530
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On 26 April 1986, at 1.23am, a series of explosions shook the Chernobyl nuclear reactor. While officials tried to hush up the accident, the author spent years collecting testimonies from survivors. A chronicle of the past and a warning for our nuclear future, this book shows what it is like to remember in a world that wants you to forget.
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  • Paperback
    $18.73
ISBN: 9780241270530
ANNOTATION:
On 26 April 1986, at 1.23am, a series of explosions shook the Chernobyl nuclear reactor. While officials tried to hush up the accident, the author spent years collecting testimonies from survivors. A chronicle of the past and a warning for our nuclear future, this book shows what it is like to remember in a world that wants you to forget.

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On 26 April 1986, at 1.23am, a series of explosions shook the Chernobyl nuclear reactor. While officials tried to hush up the accident, the author spent years collecting testimonies from survivors. A chronicle of the past and a warning for our nuclear future, this book shows what it is like to remember in a world that wants you to forget.

Publisher Description

A new translation by Anna Gunin and Arch Tait based on the updated and expanded text

On 26 April 1986, at 1.23am, a series of explosions shook the Chernobyl nuclear reactor. Flames lit up the sky and radiation escaped to contaminate the land and poison the people for years to come. While officials tried to hush up the accident, Svetlana Alexievich spent years collecting testimonies from survivors - clean-up workers, residents, firefighters, resettlers, widows, orphans - crafting their voices into a haunting oral history of fear, anger and uncertainty, but also dark humour and love. A chronicle of the past and a warning for our nuclear future, Chernobyl Prayer shows what it is like to bear witness, and remember in a world that wants you to forget.

Author Biography

Svetlana Alexievich (Author) Svetlana Alexievich was born in Ivano-Frankovsk, Ukraine in 1948 and has spent most of her life in the Soviet Union and present-day Belarus, with prolonged periods of exile in Western Europe. Starting out as a journalist, she developed her own non-fiction genre which brings together a chorus of voices to describe a specific historical moment. Her works include The Unwomanly Face of War (1985), Zinky Boys (1990), Chernobyl Prayer (1997) and Second-Hand Time (2013). She has won many international awards, including the 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature for "her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time".

Review

Alexievich is both a mighty documentarian and a mighty artist -- Philip Gourevitch New Yorker Awarding the Nobel Prize for Literature to Svetlana Alexievich is a brilliant choice that recalibrates the status of "non-fiction" in the literary canon -- Arifa Akbar Independent Svetlana Alexievich is the voice of modern Russia... The news that she is the receiver of this year's Nobel prize in literature came as a rewarding surprise, not only because it reminds us that serious reporting is not dead in the Internet age, but also because it bestows a poetic quality to the journalistic endeavor -- Michael Skafidas Huffington Post

Review Text

A collage of oral testimony that turns into the psycho

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A collage of oral testimony that turns into the psycho

Promotional "Headline"

The devastating history of the Chernobyl disaster by Svetlana Alexievich, the winner of the Nobel prize in literature 2015

Product Details

Year
2016
ISBN-10
0241270537
ISBN-13
9780241270530
Format
Paperback
Publication Date
2016-04-21
Author
Svetlana Alexievich
Publisher
Penguin Books Ltd
Translator
Anna Gunin, Arch Tait
Media
Book
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Translated from
Russian
Language
English
Pages
304
Series
Penguin Modern Classics
Subtitle
Voices from Chernobyl
Audience
General/Trade
Short Title
Modern Classics: Chernobyl Prayer