Chernobyl Prayer by Svetlana Alexievich

Radio-controlled handling equipment often malfunctioned because it’s electronic circuitry was burned out by radiation. The most serviceable robots were soldiers. They were named ‘green robots’, after the color of their army uniform.

Chernobyl Prayer by Svetlana Alexievich

About : Chernobyl Prayer

A startling history of the Chernobyl disaster by Svetlana Alexievich, the winner of the Nobel prize in literature 2015

On 26 April 1986, at 1.23 am, 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 humor 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.

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Chernobyl Prayer : Review

The book starts with the story of the most heart-breaking person of the Chernobyl HBO miniseries, who was also in real life named Vasily Ignatenko. One of the fire-fighter of the Chernobyl disaster. The interview with his wife Lyudmilla Ignatenko discusses the drastic change in her life and how she is living with his son in Kiev.
The book comprises of interviews taken by the author.
It revolves around the survivors of Chernobyl. The respective talks of the survivors like, clean-up workers, firefighters, widows, orphans, students who got into the new school were teased and bullied mercilessly.
Some of the incidents mentioned in the book are exactly as shown in the Chernobyl miniseries.
The major part was a conversation with soldiers when they talk about they had to get drunk of Vodka because that reduces the effects of radiation. I mean, how interesting!!!!
The book will be more fascinating if you are a big fan of the Chernobyl HBO series.
At the start of every chapter, the author has written all the real names of the person interviewed as well as their profession. So, all the chapters are very lengthy. A detailed description of everyone has been interviewed. People from the past and how they were changed afterward.
More of the book is depressing, obviously to the terms people described their pain and suffering which they did not even deserve. The thing is that if you want to be inspired by the people talking about their sorrows. People have described every second of their thought. Now, you can understand the detailed information in the book.
In case, you want to know more about Chernobyl and the aftermath of the disaster for a long duration. This is your book!!!
There are many books about the Chernobyl disaster and its aftermath investigation. I picked this one and believe me this will be the best non-fiction book you will read.
Book review: 5/5

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