Keep silent about Chernobyl

The future contamined

 Eight to nine million people have lived, and will still live in the contaminated territories of Ukraine, Russia and Belarus for a long time. This major nuclear catastrophe, actually the biggest industrial “accident” in the history of mankind has generated little artistic expression, except for the noteworthy Supplication of Svetlana Alexievitch, and its heroes, the liquidators who have remained anonymous and forgotten. But for all that the event has neither vanished from memory, nor disappeared from people’s everyday life that it literally changed.

 How is it possible, twenty years later, to rethink that tragedy whose consequences were from the very beginning, right there and in the West, overshadowed and minimized ?

 The book, republished and updated, enriched with new revelations, photographs and testimonies from about more than twenty authors – many of whom are also, in their own way, actors, militants or witnesses – trying to grasp the meaning and measure of the catastrophe. A new theory about the accident, an interview of former number one Soviet Mikhaïl Gorbatchev, reflections on risk management and restoration of living conditions, a clarification of the French sanitary consequences as well as the emergence of an expert evaluation and a citizen mobilization, are all different ways of questioning the evolution of Chernobyl, and consequently the evolution of mankind in the atom Era.

 Galia Ackerman, Guillaume Grandazzi and Frédérick Lemarchand have collected the analysis and testimonies of : JC. Autret, B. Boussagol, P. Chevtchouk, M. David-Jougneau, M. Fernex, M. Gorbatchev, D. Grodzinski, JM. Jacquemin-Raffestin, G. Hériard-Dubreuil, H.-P. Jeudy, G. Lochak, L.Noualhat, V. Nesterenko, H. Ollagnon, V. Symaniec and A. Yarochinskaya.

   A dialogue between  S. Alexievitch and P. Virilio.

 Autrement Editions – 2006