In elementary school I researched nuclear power during an era of optimism for its potential to help solve the energy crisis. Then when the Chernobyl disaster occurred, I wrote a paper in school about it and the devastating aftereffects. The story captivated me.
When Svetlana Alexievich won the Nobel last year, drawing attention to her book Voices from Chernobyl, I knew it was one that I wanted to read. I began it yesterday, as part of my 2017 effort to broaden my reading of world literature (which will also increase the number of Nobel laureates I've read).
The opening pages alone are harrowing as one woman describes in intimate emotional detail the radiation poisoning and death of her husband. Within minutes one realizes that this is an incredible, important work of literature.