SCOTT SIMON, HOST:
A book called "Voices From Chernobyl" may be the work that Svetlana Alexievich is best known for. She was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature this week. And there's a section in her book in which a survivor tells what the nuclear meltdown at Chernobyl did even to the survivors nearby.
UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: (Reading) We're afraid of everything. We're afraid for our children and for our grandchildren, who don't exist yet. They don't exist, and we're already afraid. People smile less; they sing less at holidays. The landscape changes because instead of fields, the forest rises up again. But the national character changes, too. Everyone's depressed; it's a feeling of doom. Chernobyl is a metaphor, a symbol. And it's changed our everyday life and our thinking.
SIMON: The words of Nadjiesda Borakova (ph) who survived Chernobyl, as read by an actor. The meltdown occurred nearly 30 years ago. Wildlife is back. Human life is not.
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