By Svetlana Alexievich
Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature
Winner of the nationwide e-book Critics Circle Award
On April 26, 1986, the worst nuclear reactor twist of fate in historical past happened in Chernobyl and infected up to 3 quarters of Europe. Voices from Chernobyl is the 1st booklet to offer own bills of the tragedy. Journalist Svetlana Alexievich interviewed 1000's of individuals suffering from the meltdown---from blameless electorate to firefighters to these known as in to wash up the disaster---and their tales display the terror, anger, and uncertainty with which they nonetheless dwell. constructed from interviews in monologue shape, Voices from Chernobyl is a crucially vital paintings, unforgettable in its emotional energy and honesty.
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