Writer's Notebook

World Lit

Posted on December 8, 2015 at 5:35 PM

 I am in World Literature this semester, and we just finished reading part of Svetlana Alexievich's book, Voices from Chernobyl. Alexievich is the winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature, and has written a number of books in this same style, which she calls a 'novel of voices.' She interviews people who were affected by disasters such as war or Chernobyl, and the theme that carries across all of her works is how the Soviet Union affected and continues to affect the lives of people living in the region of Ukraine, Belarus, and Russia.

Voices from Chernobyl is a beautifully written piece of creative non-fiction. Each person tells their personal story in a powerful way, and Alexievich weaves them together to create both private and public truth.I don't think that Alexievich could have chosen a better genre for her project. I would highly recomend reading this book, although I will admit parts of it are graphic, so maybe the book isn't for everyone. However, having traveled to Ukraine, I found the book interesting and read it all in one sitting. I couldn't put it down!

I liked (I know "liked" isn't the best word, but there is no good word to describe it) it so much that I used it to write my term paper for World Literature. In my paper, I discuss the genre of creative non-fiction, and Alexievich's use of creative non-fiction to look at the Soviet/Post-Soviet Soul.

I loved the whole class, and decided to share our reading list with you, so you can enjoy "traveling" through reading and experiencing all these cultures with us! 

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