Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster

Voices from Chernobyl The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster 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 present

  • Title: Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster
  • Author: Svetlana Alexievich Keith Gessen
  • ISBN: 9781564784018
  • Page: 437
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 NWinner 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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    1. Today, April 26th, is the 26th 27th anniversary of Chernobyl catastrophe. In case you're wondering - no, Google did NOT feature it on its home page (same as last year, sadly). But shouldn't humanity remember this disaster?****This is one of the most horrifying books I have ever read. It reads like a postapocalyptic story, except for all of it is horrifyingly real. Svetlana Alexievich, a journalist, provides real but almost surreal in their horror oral accounts of Chernobyl disaster. On April 26, [...]

    2. The Belarusian journalist Svetlana Alexievich spent three years interviewing people who had been involved in Chernobyl: villagers from the surrounding area, "liquidators" (members of the cleanup squad), widows and children, nuclear scientists, politicians, even people who, incredibly, had moved to Chernobyl after the accident. She presents their words almost without comment. Sometimes she adds a [Laughs]; sometimes [Stops]; sometimes [Starts crying]; sometimes [Breaks down completely]. I am not [...]

    3. I was about 5 when Chernobyl happened, and my family lived near the Baltic Sea, not that far from the explosion zone, relatively speaking. I can't really remember what exactly I understood about what had happened. I remember our family friend's little niece came from Belorus to stay for the summer. I have strange knowledge of the dangers of radiation and mutations and acid rains and death by "belokroviye" (leukemia). I knew a lot of people with enlarged thyroids and I also somehow still know tha [...]

    4. "Sometime in the future, we will understand Chernobyl as a philosophy. Two states divided by barbed wire: one, the zone itself; the other, everywhere else. People have hung white towels on the rotting stakes around the zone, as if they were crucifixes. It's a custom here. People go there as if to a graveyard. A post-technological world. Time has gone backwards. What is buried there is not only their home but a whole epoch. An epoch of faith. In science! In an ideal of social justice! A great emp [...]

    5. There was an emphasis on our being heroes. Once a week someone who was digging really well would receive a certificate of merit before all the other men. The Soviet Union's best grave digger. It was crazy.One of the poets says somewhere that animals are a different people. I killed them by the ten, by the hundred, thousand, not even knowing what they were called. I destroyed their houses, their secrets. And buried them. Buried them.These people don't exist any more, just the documents in our mus [...]

    6. Flotando esta reseña porque ayer se cumplieron 30 años de la tragedia de Chernóbil; y me gustaría hacer un sutil recordatorio de que si aún no has leído este libro, vale la pena hacerlo.“Chernóbil para ellos no era una metáfora ni un símbolo, era su casa.”Hagamos un experimento. Pregúntale a alguien, a cualquiera: ¿Cuál crees que es la peor tragedia que ha tenido que soportar la humanidad? Probablemente algunos mencionarán a Hitler, otros tal vez hablen de Hiroshima y Nagasaki, [...]

    7. Yılın benim için en iyi kurgu dışı kitabıydı.Ne yazacağımı bilmiyorum. Nerden başlamam gerektiğini mi, bu kitabın 10 üzerinde 10 mu yoksa 5 üzerinde 2,5 mu olduğunda mı, okumak için öneririr miyim? Açıkcası ne diyeceğimi bilmiyorum. İnsanların sistemler içinde bir neslin yok oluş trajedesini ben nasıl yorumlayabilirim ki? Bu insanların korkularının, hayallerinin kayboluşunu, toprağın toprağa gömülmesini mi, doğanın bu süreçte nasıl hala çok güzel olup [...]

    8. Very touching voices, chronicling the Chernobyl experience and comparing life before and after the moment that changed everything. Svetlana Alexievich captures the suffering of ordinary people of all walks of life, as well as that of professional staff sent to Chernobyl to deal with the crisis immediately after it happened. She creates a social panorama of the society that was affected in its totality by the nuclear disaster.I will never forget my feelings in 1986, living in West Germany and att [...]

    9. الألم من جديد، الألم مرة أخرى. وقذارة الإنسان كالعادة!يقول إبراهيم نصر الله في أحدى رواياته؛ لم يخلق الله وحشًا أسوأ من الإنسان، ولم يخلق الإنسان وحشًا أسوأ من الحرب.الحرب هذه المرة غير متكافئة بالمرة ليس لاختلاف في قوة الطرفين المتحاربين بل لاختلاف الطرفين أنفسهم، الإنسان [...]

    10. A few years ago, I left a copy of Maus I: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History out on the table. It was designed as a sort of breadcrumb trail for my teenaged son who didn’t need to read since he already knew everything. I hoped he might be sucked in by the pictures. A week later my son walked out of his bedroom clutching the book. “Have you read this!?” he was nearly yelling with urgency. “This guy…I can’t believe…shit! I’m telling my English teacher that he needs to make [...]

    11. صلاة تشرنوبل قبل أيام قليلة حلت الذكرى الثلاثين لكارثة تشرنوبل والتي وقعت في 26 إبريل 1986 م، حيث أدى ارتفاع في حرارة المفاعل رقم أربعة في محطة تشرنوبل إلى انفجاره قاذفاً مواد مشعة تفوق قنبلة هيروشيما بـ 350 مرة، حدث هذا بالقرب من مدينة بيربات شمال أوكرانيا حالياً، وداخل حدود ال [...]

    12. I will never forget a documentary I saw about the nuclear disaster at the Chernobyl power plant in 1986. This documentary, The Battle of Chernobyl, directed by Thomas Johnson, provides a very good understanding of what happened at the time of the accident and afterwards. It contains rare original footage and interviews with people who were present, or involved in the handling of this catastrophe. It's available on YouTube and I highly recommend it, because I think it's a really good addition to [...]

    13. يتناول الكتاب حادث المفاعل النووي (تشرنوبل) الذي نتيجة إتفاع في حرارة المفاعل إنفجر مخلفًا كارثة إنسانية / بيئية من جراء ذلك أكثر سنة (1986م) في أوكرانيا - السوفييت. كان أول علمي بهذا الأمر في منتصف التسعينات وتمنيت يومها لو أن ثمة كتاب بالعربية أو مترجمة يحدثني أكثر عنها حتى كان [...]

    14. Note: This is not a review of the book.Nobel prize makes us read writers we hadn't even heard of before. A good thing for sure. When I saw the news flash of 2014 lit prize I was like Patrick Who? The same as this year. Well, of course this is my utter ignorance, so far as this year's winner is concerned, who seems to be quite well-known in serious reading circles. If creative non-fiction is as good for Nobel as fiction and poetry, I'm wondering why didn't Ryszard Kapuściński ever get it. Now t [...]

    15. “ Demorei a escrever este livro…Quase vinte anos…Encontrei-me e conversei com antigos trabalhadores da central, cientistas, médicos, soldados, cidadãos residentes na zona evacuada…”Svetlana Alexievich, autora, Prémio Nobel de Literatura 2015Enchi o livro de post-its, achei que iria ter muito para dizer… mas fiquei muda de espanto, de incredulidade, de revolta.Seria mera repetição do que aqui foi dito, ninguém deve substituir o testemunho daqueles que viveram a experiência do d [...]

    16. Podés encontrar esta y otras reseñas en mi blog«Voces de Chernóbil» era un libro que tenía pendiente desde hace mucho y que compré en cuanto me enteré de que su autora fue galardonada con el Premio Nobel de la literatura en el 2015. Se trata de una crónica que recoge los testimonios de diferentes personas afectadas por una de los mayores tragedias en la historia de la humanidad. Los diferentes capítulos son entrevistas (o monólogos, como los denomina la autora) que Alexiévich selecci [...]

    17. De esos libros que te golpean, que lo terminas y dices wow, la suerte que tengo de poder vivir tan tranquilamente, de no conocer la pesadilla que atravesaron esas personas.Gran trabajo periodístico de la autora recopilando relatos durante 20 años, y se nota la calidad del ensayo presentado. Me gustó el libro pero es realmente deprimente así que hay que tomarse su tiempo para no desistir en el intento

    18. "A morte é a coisa mais justa do mundo. Ninguém escapou pagando. A terra recebe toda a gente: os bons, os maus, os pecadores. À parte isso, não há nenhuma justiça nesta vida." (Pág. 59)Central Nuclear de Chernobyl 1986”No dia 26 de Abril de 1986, passavam 58 segundos das 1.23, uma série de explosões destrui o reator e o edifício que albergava o reator nº 4 da Central Nuclear de Chernobyl. A catástrofe de Chernobyl tornou-se o maior desastre tecnológico do século XX.” (Pág. 19) [...]

    19. The first interview is with the widow of one of the firemen who were sent in on the first day. He'd been shoveling radioactive sludge dressed in only jeans and a t-shirt, his skin turned grey over an afternoon, he literally fell apart within days. She caught cancer from sitting at his bedside as he died.The second interview is with a psychologist who lived through World War II in the Ukraine and still can't find anything that compares to working in the Zone.The third is with one of the old women [...]

    20. There's nowhere to hide. Not underground, not underwater, not in the air.I was born in the age of the known Chernobyl.Everyone found a justification for themselves, an explanation. I experimented on myself. And basically I found out that the frightening things in life happen quietly and naturally.Who are our fittest.In Afghanistan death was a normal thing. You could understand it there.Who are our heroes.I didn't know we weren't allowed to love here.Rabbits reabsorb their young when the conditio [...]

    21. Το βιβλίο το αγόρασα από την πρώτη μέρα που βγήκε. Με είχε φάει η περιέργεια να διαβάσω κάτι από τη γυναίκα που, με τη βράβευσή της με το Νόμπελ Λογοτεχνίας, έγινε αιτία αντιπαράθεσης ανάμεσα στους φίλους του βιβλίου, πυροδοτώντας μια συζήτηση για το πόσο μια συγγραφέας non-fict [...]

    22. Μόλις 10 χρόνια μετά το καταστροφικό αυτό ατύχημα στο Τσέρνομπιλ η Αλεξίεβιτς αναλαμβάνει να δώσει την πλευρά των παθόντων στην δημοσιότητα μπαίνοντας στην απαγορευμένη ζώνη και δίνοντας μια γροθιά στο στομάχι όλων όσων διαβάζουν αυτό το βιβλίο. Βρήκα τον εαυτό μου να δυσ [...]

    23. Nuklearna katastrofa koja se dogodila u Černobilju, 26. aprila 1986. godine, smatra se dosada najtežom nesrećom koja je pogodila neku nuklearnu elektranu. Moje prvo sećanje u vezi sa ovim događajem odnosi se na reportažu na RTS-u povodom obeležavanja deset godina od ove nuklearne katastrofe. Sećam se da sam sa mamom i tatom gledala televizijsku emisiju, i ono što mi je mama u tom trenutku rekla ostalo mi je urezano u pamćenju. Rekla je kako je nakon eksplozije u Černobilju bilo objavl [...]

    24. başındaki ve sonundaki bölümlerde ağlamayan olur mu acaba, çok merak ediyorum.bu kitabı okuyup nükleer enerjiyi savunan olur mu, onu da çok merak ediyorum."bize bir şey olmaz." "hep dış mihrakların oyunu." "halkımız merak etmesin, her şey kontrol altında." "provokasyonlara gelmeyin." "her şey halkımızın iyiliği için."bu cümleler tanıdık geldi mi?daha neler neler.nın aklı almıyor.bu sene yaptığım en iyi şeylerden biri, aleksiyeviç'leri okumaktı. çok yaşasın, [...]

    25. This is a moving, often harrowing, oral history of the disaster at Chernobyl in 1986. It begins with the story of the young, pregnant wife of one of the first fire fighters, who responded to the fire at Reactor 4 of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant and of his slow, untimely death. This is hard to read, but also extremely humbling. The author allows the words of those who lived, and many who still live, in the affected areas to tell their own story. It is a catalogue of trauma – of lives which [...]

    26. Chernobyl, Pripyat, Ucrânia, EuropaMiscelânea de testemunhos das vítimas, familiares das vítimas, conhecidos das vítimas ou individuos que, directa ou indirectamente, lidaram com vítimas do desastre nuclear.Svetlana Alexievich apresenta-nos as vozes de quem por dentro viveu o drama de 26 de Abril de 1986 e subsequentes anos, décadas.Com mão de ferro, a autora não se inibiu na prosa, pincelando a tela com suavidade onde deveria ter contornos dóceis e esborratando-a, violentamente, de fo [...]

    27. نيتشه كان بيقول إن اللي بيبقى من الإنسان ما يكتبه بدمه،والكاتبة لم تكتب فقط بدمها،بل كتبت بكل ما تملكه من حياة وعرق ودموع ودماء وروح،كتبت لتبقى كتاباتها لعنة تلاحق الإنسان.وقال الله ليكن الإنسان في الأرض،وليكن معه الفساد والظلام والهلاك والدمار والدماء،ولتكن الطبيعة وكوا [...]

    28. هذا كتابٌ ذو محتوى مفزعمخيفوربما يكون ملهما من الناحية الإنسانية لكى ندرك أن أبشع ماحدث ويحدث لنا فى هذا العالمإنما هو من صنع أيدينا نحنأو بالأحرى أيدي من يرون أن لهم الأفضلية والأهلية لكى يقرروا من يستحق أن يبقى حياومن عليه أن يتقبل مصيره كفرد فى قائمة تشيرنوبل الإفتراضية [...]

    29. 5+Πριν το ανοίξω ήξερα λίγα πράγματα για το γεγονός του 1986. Τότε ήμουν 11 ετών. Κάθισα και είδα μερικά βιντεακια για τις νεκρες πόλεις, τους Εκκαθαριστες στην στέγη του Αντιδραστηρα στα 30.000 ρεντιγκεν χωρίς προστασία. Ένας πόλεμος χωρίς εχθρό, έναν αόρατο εχθρό Η ζωή ηταν φθηνή [...]

    30. "Yo soy pediatra. Los niños lo ven todo diferente a los mayores. Por ejemplo, ellos no tienen noción de que el cáncer significa la muerte. Es una idea que no se les ocurre. Lo saben todo de sí mismos: el diagnóstico, el nombre de todos los tratamientos y las medicinas. Lo saben mejor que sus madres. ¿Y sus juegos? Corren por las salas del hospital uno tras otro y gritan: ¡Soy la radiación! ¡Soy la radiación! Cuando mueren, ponen unas caras de tanto asombro. Parecen tan perplejos. Yacen [...]

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