“We live in a time where people seem to be re-embracing the corrosive notion that what we want to be true is more important than what is true,” Craig Mazin, the writer and creator of HBO’s Chernobyl, told the Moscow Times; “This is why this story is more relevant than ever.” And in many ways, his show is unbelievably painstaking in its fidelity to historical truth: most of the actors play real people — saying and doing the things they are reported to have said and done — while everything from the graphite debris to the buckets used to take out the trash are scrupulous reproductions of the real thing. Entire scenes and storylines are lifted directly from Svetlana Alexievich’s Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster.

However, like Nobel laureate Alexievich — whose work is less oral history or journalism than a kind of creative adaptation of both — the show alters, omits, condenses, and even invents much more than viewers might realize. The show’s main protagonist, Valery Legasov, was a real person, and he really did do most — or at least many — of the things that we see …read more

Source:: The Week – World


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