Chernobyl – surviving in the glowing stone age

Voices from Chernobyl in The Paris Review.  Good words; check it out.

Really interesting personal accounts.  Various perspectives; all human.

 

English: Pripyat, Ukraine abandoned city near ...

English: Pripyat, Ukraine abandoned city near Chernobyl. Italiano: Uno scorcio di Pripyat, città abbandonata in Ucraina vicino a Chernobyl. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There’s this abandoned house. It’s closed. There’s a cat on the windowsill. I think: Must be a clay cat. I come over, and it’s a real cat. He ate all the flowers in the house. Geraniums. How’d he get in? Or did they leave him there?

There’s a note on the door: Dear kind person, please don’t look for valuables here. We never had any. Use whatever you want, but don’t trash the place. We’ll be back. I saw signs on other houses in different colors—Dear house, forgive us! People said goodbye to their homes like they were people. Or they’d written: We’re leaving in the morning, or, We’re leaving at night, and they’d put the date and even the time. There were notes written on school notebook paper: Don’t beat the cat. Otherwise the rats will eat everything. And then in a child’s handwriting: Don’t kill our Zhulka. She’s a good cat.

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This one reporter said we didn’t just return home, we went back a hundred years. We use a hammer for reaping, and a sickle for mowing. We flail wheat right on the asphalt.

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We turned off the radio right away. We don’t know any of the news, but life is peaceful. We don’t get upset. People come, they tell us the stories—there’s war everywhere. And like that, socialism is finished and we live under capitalism. And the czar is coming back. Is that true?

 

 

 

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2 Responses to Chernobyl – surviving in the glowing stone age

  1. Sorry I’m late. Zhulka was hungry and decon took like forever.

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