Cultural impact of the Chernobyl disaster

This article is about the Chernobyl disaster, which occurred on April 26, 1986, and was the world’s largest nuclear accident.


1 Literature
2 Music
3 Film and television

3.1 Documentary films

4 Painting
5 Video games
6 See also
7 References
8 Further reading
9 External links


The disaster is the plot-driving device in the 1988 Marvel Comics miniseries Meltdown, featuring Wolverine and Havok.
Martin Cruz Smith’s 2005 novel, Wolves Eat Dogs, is set mostly in Chernobyl, when Moscow detective Arkady Renko investigates the murder of a powerful businessman in that area, after the businessman’s partner has died in Moscow of radiation poisoning. Both victims are found to have had some involvement with the accident, twenty years earlier.
The novel Party Headquarters by Bulgarian author Georgi Tenev deals with Chernobyl impact on the integrity of the former Communist block in the late 80’s. Large episode of the book is set as an exchange of letters between the protagonist and “little unknown Soviet and Ukrainian comrade” describing the catastrophe.
The Gesellschaft für deutsche Sprache chose the term Chernobyl (German: Tschernobyl) as German Word of the Year 1986.[1]
Christa Wolf’s 1987 novel Accident (German: Störfall) narrates, from the perspective of a female first-person narrator, the thoughts and events of the day on which the news about the Chernobyl accident have reached her and amounts to a criticism of utopian visions that ignore the human side of social progress.[2]
The 1987 novel Chernobyl by Frederik Pohl tells about the disaster from the viewpoint of individuals involve in it.
In 2004, photographer Elena Filatova published a photo-essay on her website of her solo motorcycle rides through Pripyat and the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.[3] The website was later revealed to be a hoax,[4] with the photos taken while on a guided tour or taken uncredited from other sources.
The 2007 short story “The Zero Meter Diving Team” by Jim Shepard is about the disaster. It is told in the first person by narrator Boris Yakovlevich Prushinsky, chief engineer of the Soviet Department of Nuclear Energy. The story first appeared in BOMB magazine and later appeared in Shepard’s short story collection, “Like You’d Understand, Anyway” (2007), Vintage Books.
Darragh McKeon’s 2014 novel All That is Solid Melts into Air uses the disaster as the backdrop for chronicling the end of the Soviet Union.[5]
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