We think that you are in United States and that you would prefer to view Bookwitty in English.
We will display prices in United States Dollar (USD).
Have a cookie!
Bookwitty uses cookies to personalize content and make the site easier to use. We also share some information with third parties to gather statistics about visits.

Are you Witty?

Sign in or register to share your ideas

Sign In Register

The Chernobyl nuclear disaster inspired fiction and non-fiction alike.

Alex Chams By Alex Chams Published on April 28, 2016

The world's worst nuclear accident happened thirty years ago on April 26, 1986. A recent article in the Atlantic reflected on how even the best works written about the catastrophe "express profound doubts about the power of language to absorb a disaster of this magnitude."  That said, poignant, powerful and even poetic writings and images were inspired by the tragedy, here are five books that are a window onto the world's worst nuclear accident:

Svetlana Alexievich's Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster (translated by Keith Gessen) has become a classic and is the first book to give a voice to hundreds of individuals personally affected by the disaster.

Https%3a%2f%2fs3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads.bookwitty.com%2f23be52a3 d1cb 405f a7a8 6e42ac8ff606 inline original.jpeg?ixlib=rails 2.1

Roberto Polidori's Zones of Exclusion: Pripyat and Chernobyl is a photography book that is out of print but should you get your hands on this book either in the library or by purchasing a used copy, the over 100 images taken in the exclusion zone in 2001 convey the terrible beauty of this now desolate area.

Https%3a%2f%2fs3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads.bookwitty.com%2f49a72e32 0cea 4da2 a61f 97c518ed1a38 inline original.jpeg?ixlib=rails 2.1

Martin Cruz Smith's character, Arkady Renko enters the Chernobyl exclusion zone with Wolves Eat Dogs, investigating the murder of a Moscow businessman.

Https%3a%2f%2fs3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads.bookwitty.com%2f5aba8039 d891 4a65 99ed 8917fb2de8f4 inline original.jpeg?ixlib=rails 2.1

Christa Wolf's Accident: A Day's News (Translated by Heike Schwarzbauer and Rick Takvorian) is a stream of consciousness account about a writer in East Germany who receives the news of the Chernobyl accident.

Https%3a%2f%2fs3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads.bookwitty.com%2f1f5f6ca0 9c5a 4ecb 8460 3c5b24161414 inline original.jpeg?ixlib=rails 2.1

The short story The Zero Meter Diving Team, in Jim Shepard's  collection Like You'd Understand, Anyway which first appeared in BOMB magazine here is a first person account of the accident by the fictional Boris Yakovlevich Prushinsky, chief engineer of the Department of Nuclear Energy at the Chernobyl power station.

Https%3a%2f%2fs3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads.bookwitty.com%2f21b10352 0650 4fa2 a4de c46bd1a1c520 inline original.jpeg?ixlib=rails 2.1

Journalist, globe trotter and food lover