Voices from Chernobyl

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Voices from Chernobyl / Chernobyl Prayer
Author Svetlana Alexievich
Original title Чернобыльская молитва
Language Russian
Publisher Ostozhʹe
Publication date
OCLC 39281739
Author Svetlana Alexievich

Chernobyl Prayer: A Chronicle of the Future (UK title) / Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster (US title) is a book by Nobel Laureate Svetlana Alexievich.[1][2] Alexievich was a journalist living in Minsk, the capital of Belarus, in 1986 at the time of the Chernobyl disaster. (At the time Belarus was part of the Soviet Union as the Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic.)

Alexievich interviewed more than 500 eyewitnesses, including firefighters, liquidators (members of the cleanup team), politicians, physicians, physicists and ordinary citizens over a period of 10 years. The book relates the psychological and personal tragedy of the Chernobyl accident, and explores the experiences of individuals and how the disaster affected their lives.[3]

Chernobyl Prayer was first published in Russian in 1997 as Чернобыльская молитва and a revised, updated edition came out in 2013. The American translation was awarded the 2005 National Book Critics Circle Award for general non-fiction.[4]

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  1. ^ UK edition: Chernobyl Prayer: A Chronicle of the Future, translated by Anna Gunin and Arch Tait (Penguin Modern Classics, 2016; ISBN 978-0241270530)
  2. ^ ; US edition:Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of the Nuclear Disaster, translated by Keith Gessen (Dalkey Archive Press, 2005; ISBN 1-56478-401-0)
  3. ^ Journal of Nuclear Medicine Vol. 47 No. 8 1389-1390
  4. ^ Voices from Chernobyl