Tjernobylkatastrofen : apokalyps eller pånyttfödelse?

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This article explores the different ways in which the nuclear catastrophe at the Chernobyl plant in 1986 is represented in selected films and novels produced and written since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991. The most common way of imagining Chernobyl during this period is the apocalypse foreshadowing the collapse of the Soviet Union. However, it is also viewed as the catalyst for resurrection, promising a new way of life after the fall of the Soviet Union, liberated from Soviet heroism and war culture. Interestingly, the catastrophe zone as the symbol of resurrection can be identified in the literature written before Chernobyl as well, which in this article is illustrated by examples from Andrei Tarkovskii’s film Stalker and the nuclear physicist Grigorii Medvedev’s short novel The Powerplant.


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  • Languages and Literature


  • Chernobyl, apocalypse, resurrection, Grigorii Medvedev, Andrei Tarkovskii, Viktor Alekseiev, Aleksandr Esaulov, Aleksandr Mindadze, Oksana Bajrak
Original languageSwedish
Pages (from-to)239-257
JournalNordisk Østforum
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Publication categoryResearch