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Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster
Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster | Svetlana Alexievich
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Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award 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. The Nobel Prize in Literature 2015 was awarded to Svetlana Alexievich "for her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time."
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Lynnsoprano
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@Alisnazzy has been incredibly busy, received a nice promotion, and is in the process of transitioning to her new job. She doesn‘t have time to post, but those of you who are her friends know that she will always find time to read. She took her book along and joined her brother, her dad and me for UCF football. But this is her version of pregame 😂

ValerieAndBooks Good luck with everything @Alisnazzy! 4d
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Emilymdxn
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I was so lucky to get to visit Pripyat the biggest abandoned town in the Chernobyl exclusion zone. I was expecting it to be so sad looking round and it was sad, but I was so surprised by how beautiful the forest has become so quickly. It‘s incredibly calm and quiet, and bears from Belarus have moved in and started living there. It was poignant but it made me think about nature‘s ability to rebuild from the worst disasters humans can make.

Megabooks What an incredible experience! I‘m glad you are having a good trip. 💜 2w
julesG Amazing! 2w
Centique That is incredible. I had seen a documentary about the forest returning and you‘re right it is such a poignant image 🌳🌱🌿 (edited) 2w
squirrelbrain How lucky you are, and what a lovely description! 💚 2w
8little_paws Omg this is my husband's dream to visit pripyat. He's been obsessed with this disaster for decades. 2w
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Night_Reader
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A damn good start. I'm in!!

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Night_Reader
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Hubby just finished this & is pushing me to read it. It better be good.

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Connster
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Had to retreat out of the sun as my Kindle got too hot to touch! Never had that happen before! ☀️ ☀️ ☀️

annamatopoetry Amazing photo though 4w
Connster @annamatopoetry Mexico! Always awesome here! 😊 4w
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Bertha_Mason

"I read that the graves of the Chernobyl firefighters who died in the Moscow hospitals and were buried near Moscow at Mitino are still considered radioactive, people walk around them and don't bury their relatives nearby. Even the dead fear these dead."
-Valentina Panasevich

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Connster
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I‘m getting into this a bit more now as later in the book there‘s testimony from a range of people that‘s quite different, whereas the start was rather ‘samey‘. I‘m enjoying the spot I‘m currently reading in a lot!

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Connster
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I really want to like this book as it‘s highly recommended, but I‘m finding it quite an odd read so far. That‘s probably because it‘s not what I expected though, rather than it being a bad book. I really liked the perspective of Lyudmilla Ignatenko at the beginning. Hers is probably one of the most heartbreaking.

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Bertha_Mason

"What now? We need to find out whether we‘re capable of the sort of total reconsideration of our entire history that the Germans and Japanese carried out after the war. Do we have enough intellectual courage? People hardly talk about this. They talk about the market, about vouchers, about checks. Once again, we‘re just barely surviving. All our energy is directed toward that. But our souls have been abandoned."
-Aleksandr Revalskiy

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Bertha_Mason

"A perestroika of our feelings is happening here."
-Sergei Gurin

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Bertha_Mason
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-Arkady Filin

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Bertha_Mason
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-Arkady Filin

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Bertha_Mason

"Many years ago, my grandmother read in the Bible that there will be a time when everything is thriving, everything blossoming and fruitful, and there will be many fish in the rivers and animals in the forest, but man won‘t be able to use any of it. And he won‘t be able to propagate himself in his likeness, to continue his line. I listened to the old prophecies like they were scary fairy tales. I didn‘t believe them."
-Larisa Z.
Right in the gut.

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Bertha_Mason

"There was a Ukrainian woman at the market selling big red apples. ‘Come get your apples! Chernobyl apples!' Someone told her not to advertise that, no one will buy them. ‘Don‘t worry!‘ she says. ‘They buy them anyway. Some need them for their mother-in-law, some for their boss.‘"
-"Monologues By Those Who Returned"

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Bertha_Mason

"At night we pray to God, during the day to the police."
-"Monologues By Those Who Returned"

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Bertha_Mason

"The milk didn't go sour—it curdled into powder, white powder. Because of the radiation."
-"Monologues By Those Who Returned"

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Bertha_Mason

"When a person's dying, you can't cry. You‘ll interrupt his dying, he'll have to keep struggling."
-"Monologues By Those Who Returned"

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-the K. family, mother

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Bertha_Mason

"This life has passed, and I don‘t have enough strength for another."
-the K. family, mother

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Bertha_Mason

"We were left without a homeland, no one claims us as their own. The Germans all went back to Germany, the Tatars to the Crimea, when they were allowed to, but no one needs Russians. What are we supposed to hope for? What do we wait for? Russia never saved its people, because it's so big, it‘s endless. And to be honest, I don't feel like Russia is my homeland. We were raised differently, our homeland is the Soviet Union."
-the K. family, mother

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Bertha_Mason

"You want another joke? After Chernobyl you can eat anything you want, but you have to bury your shit in lead."
-"Soldiers' Chorus"

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-"Soldiers' Chorus"

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Caroline2
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This isn‘t what I expected at all. Beautiful writing and so important but It‘s very philosophical; with chapters entitled, “Monologue on a song without words” and “Monologue of a witness who had toothache when he saw Christ fall and cry out.” With the constant changing voices I found it hard to keep up. It‘s as heartbreaking & disturbing as you imagine so I read it in small chunks but I still feel extremely traumatised. 🥺

underground_bks I just read Secondhand Time a few weeks ago and fell in love with Alexievich. Can‘t wait to read more! 2mo
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Caroline2
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After watching the phenomenal TV programme I wanted to know more about what happened at Chernobyl. But as this is based on personal testimonies it‘s going to be a gut wrenching read. 🥺 Think I might have to read this along with another book. 👍🏻

TrishB I read this fictional one a couple of years ago. A good read too. 2mo
Caroline2 @TrishB oh thanks Trish. Stacked! 👍🏻 2mo
allureofbeauty That looks good. 2mo
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j.rye That show was so amazing. #stackadd 2mo
Caroline2 @j.rye it was brilliant wasn‘t it. 2mo
Scash1114 @Caroline2 i read Midnight in Chernobyl, and it was very eye opening 😳 Crazy how much they covered up! 2mo
Caroline2 @Scash1114 so scary isn‘t it. 😳 2mo
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catiewithac
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My order from the #bookdepository arrived today and took my breath away! Look at these 2 beauties! I watched the HBO miniseries Chernobyl and am eager to read the book about how ordinary people experienced the disaster. The Polish sci-fi was inspired by the puzzle I solved a few weeks ago. 🤖 ☢️ 📚

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MunchieMoe
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This book make me think a lot about life. What happen if the things like what they through happen to me? I am amaze by the story of the survivor.

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Vivlio_Gnosi
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Adding this #Nonfiction account to my #TBR stack. #GreenvilleSC #JoesPlace

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MellieAntoinette
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“The plant burned for 5 days.”
Within “14 nights. The [plantworkers] die.”
In “less than a week”
“A problem [carried by wind to] the whole world.”

“The machines [to clean up the accident] broke down [immediately] because of the radiation.”

“The humans wouldn‘t break down until weeks or months later, at which point they died horribly.”

BestDogDad The part about the armed teams that went in to take out the pets left behind just killed me. 😥 2mo
MellieAntoinette @BestDogDad It was awful! Everything about this was just awful! 2mo
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MellieAntoinette
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Review poetry in quotes:
“Why do we keep hovering around death?”
“Persons in text, statistics.”
“Chernobyl literally means ‘Black earth.‘”
“There are no colors there.”

“It was an accident that produced more survivors.”
“Than victims.”
“A poorly designed reactor.”
“Staffed with incompetents.”

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My Russian fix continues and is also exemplified with the great HBO Chenobyl series . Voices from Chernobyl another well put together oral history incredible, moving and as humans, you gotta wonder at our propensity for courage, deceit and delusion .

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Some people are savage!!
#VoicesfromChernobyl

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BookishRedhead
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Just when I thought the HBO Chernobyl was real and heartbreaking.
This is the first book I've read about Chernobyl.
You hear and feel the emotions put on the page from people who were there.
I small book like this would last me a day but it lasted three.

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Lidia
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I am so obsessed with Chernobyl the series that I just had to finally read this book. The story is so horrifying, there were so many forgotten heroes that died there or soon after and who prevented this disaster from getting bigger than it was.

ephemeralwaltz Yas! Estoy igual de obsesionada pero todavía no la he terminado. 3mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders Only on episode 2 and it's heavy! Incredible what happened! Will definitely be looking for this book! 3mo
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shmreads
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hadn't've. wish more people w/could write this way.

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Moray_Reads
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1) I've enjoyed non-fiction more than fiction this year and Chernobyl Prayer by Svetlana Alexievich and Amateur by Thomas Page McBee have been by favourite. Both astonishing and compassionate reads
2) I found The Mind is Flat by Nick Chater exceptionally frustrating
3) I'm extremely our of the loop at the moment so I'm just taking things as they come
4) I'm at 70/100 so far, less than half of what I'd read by this stage last year!
#ThursdaySurvey

ruskigurl16 Given where I am from that book you mentioned may be a difficult one, but I am still intrigued. Stacked. 🤔 3mo
Moray_Reads @ruskigurl16 Not an ready read but a brilliant one. Alexievich has captured the voices of her subjects beautifully 3mo
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shmreads
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Taking a break from Trump and Putin. Not in the zone... Just started this. 17 pages in... I'm smoking again... Old habits die hard. Quit in 2009.......

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LiteraryNonsense
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I'm absolutely loving this book. I wanted first hand accounts of the Chernobyl disaster and this perfect. Reading it in their own words is so haunting and sad.

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Paunicornio

Tengo miedo de una cosa, de que en nuestra vida el miedo ocupe el lugar del amor.

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charl08
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I can't resist a penguin classics display.

Tanisha_A 😍 7mo
saresmoore Ooh, very tempting. 7mo
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ephemeralwaltz Oh my! 7mo
ReadingEnvy I recently got Lord Jim from this edition! 7mo
ReadingEnvy Nahhh it was Lucky Jim 7mo
charl08 @ReadingEnvy glad we cleared that up. 7mo
readordierachel Ooooh 😍 7mo
Schuhbox I also love the required reading table. I‘m always interested in what they are reading at school now! 7mo
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Moray_Reads
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When I was young children affected by the Chernobyl disaster would could come to my rural home town in the summer to get away from the radiation at home. I've read books about the catastrophe before but Alexievich gives voices back to those who were there. It's horrifying, the confusion, the fear, the misinformation, the relegation of safety below political motives. But there's good too and a vital humanisation that makes people more than victims

Weaponxgirl She does the same in this book if you haven‘t read it yet. 7mo
Moray_Reads @Weaponxgirl I haven't read it but I do own it, it's jumping up my tbr after this one 7mo
Weaponxgirl I started the one you‘ve just finished and could see the same touches in the writing but the one before left me emotionally fragile so I had to stop it at the time. Your review reminded me I need to get back to it. 7mo
Moray_Reads @Weaponxgirl they're not ready subjects but this one is definitely worth it if you can pick it back up 7mo
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SkeletonKey
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“These people had already seen what for everyone else is still unknown. I felt like I was recording the future.”

Part of the Epilogue following the interviews. Finally finished this one on the train home from NYC. Ouch, my heart.

#chernobyl #disaster

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“Entonces, ¿para qué recuerda la gente? ¿Para restablecer la verdad? ¿La justicia? ¿Para liberarse y olvidar?”

[Then why do people remember? So that they can determine the truth? For fairness? So they can free themselves and forget?]

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I've been meaning to read Alexievich for years, especially this one. I'm sure there's no shortage of #misery in these survivors' accounts.
#OctoberXFiles
@Cinfhen @Robothugs

SkeletonKey I‘m currently reading it but very slowly because...ouch. 11mo
Cinfhen I‘ve already stacked this book...it does sound like heartbreaking read & now @SkeletonKey comment has me nervous to even try reading it..... 11mo
SkeletonKey @Cinfhen - It‘s worth it, I think the stories these people have to tell should be heard for sure. 11mo
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Cinfhen That‘s really true @SkeletonKey I‘ll be watching for your review 11mo
lauralovesbooks1 Very good, but absolutely heartbreaking. 11mo
Moray_Reads Every summer my town used to get children visiting from Chernobyl. They came for the fresh air of the Yorkshire countryside 😥 11mo
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SkeletonKey
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“...someday they‘re going to start hunting the scientists the way they used to hunt doctors and drown them in the Middle Ages.”

I can see that when science takes a wrong turn it‘s easy to get very disillusioned by it all.

#chernobyl #disaster

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SkeletonKey
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“Is there anything more frightening than people?”

Quote from a refugee escaping a war to live in Chernobyl, where no one would chase them out.

This book is a rough read, I‘m doing it slowly, but it‘s worth it.

#disaster #chernobyl

Tamra Nope 12mo
SkeletonKey @Tamra - That‘s definitely the conclusion 12mo
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SkeletonKey
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1. Yes!
2. I try to keep it 1 : 1.
3. Culture studies and memoirs.
4. Death Makes a Holiday by David Skal
5. Still reading Voices From Chernobyl 😱

@wanderinglynn #hellothursday

wanderinglynn Thanks for playing! 😀 12mo
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