Literary Session - Svetlana Alexievich
LITERARY SESSION with SVETLANA ALEXIEVICH, 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature
Followed by a book signing
In collaboration with Librairie ERNSTER — FR, ENG, RU
26/02 → beginning of session 18:00 – end of session 19:30, Headquarters, Magic Mirrors
The discussion will focus on the author’s writings and her book VOICES FROM CHERNOBYL: http://www.actes-sud.fr/contributeurs/alexievitch-svetlana
Jean-Claude Raspiengeas, chief cultural editor for French daily LA CROIX, will start the discussion against the backdrop of the screening of the documentary VOICES FROM CHERNOBYL (by Luxembourg producer Pol Cruchten), which was shot in Ukraine in the vicinity of the power plant, before calling attention to the eponymous book. He will then broaden the discussion to include Mrs Alexievich’s literary works as a whole, for which she was awarded the NOBEL PRIZE IN LITERATURE in 2015.
VOICES FROM CHERNOBYL:
“Dozens of works have been written on Chernobyl, thousands of metres of film shot... This book, however, is not about Chernobyl, but about the world of Chernobyl, of which we know almost nothing, it is not about the catastrophe but about what followed, about a new and different world, for which there is no language”. For three years, I travelled and interviewed men and women of different generations, fates and temperaments. Chernobyl is their world. It poisons everything around them, the earth, air, water, but also everything within them, their conscience, time, inner life. To ensure that these personal stories become history: by travelling, by giving these people a voice, I often had the impression I was recording the future, our future. Thus speaks Svetlana Alexievich of VOICES FROM CHERNOBYL. Much like Primo Levi’s work on Auschwitz or that of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn on the Gulag Archipelago, her book depicts the unspeakable by lending an ear, for the very first time, to the tortured voices of Chernobyl.