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The Chernobyl Prayer Svetlana Alexievich

The Chernobyl Prayer

Svetlana Alexievich

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Chernobyl is a mystery still. We are the first who have touched it. Something has happened to us, something that is unknown for all the rest of humankind, something that will be a problem for the next millenium. For that something we have noMoreChernobyl is a mystery still. We are the first who have touched it. Something has happened to us, something that is unknown for all the rest of humankind, something that will be a problem for the next millenium. For that something we have no experience, no analogies, no words.We cannot apply to that something our inner instruments and our knowledge. Our vocabulary is too limited to describe this something. Our sight and our hearing are insufficient. We have reached a new borderline. Not only we Byelorussians, Russians and Ukrainians, but all the nations of the world are standing now near this new borderline. It will be naive and maybe criminal simplification to think about Chernobyl in terms of anticommunizm only. To think that the blame is exclusively on communists because for them a human life is worth nothing. There is also another simplified explanation of the kind: stupid Russians are building bad and cheap atomic power stations but our stations are good and reliable. But this is very simple and very perfunctory way of thinking. If well dig harder and dipper well see that the blow of Chernobyl had our unprepared consciousness as a background. Our technology has stopped into atomic age but our psychology is in primary industrialization age still.