Voices from Chernobyl

“We buried houses, wells, trees. We buried the earth. We’d cut things down, roll them up into big plastic sheets. We buried the forest. We sawed the trees into 1.5m pieces and packed them in cellophane and threw them into graves.”

– Arkady Filin, Liquidator

Alternative book cover for Voices from Chernobyl by Svetlana Alexievich.

Focusing on the materials, I made a book cover inspired by the decontamination process after the Chernobyl disaster. The images were edited to give a radio active feel. The plastic dust jacket refers to the plastic wrapped around radio active objects before burying them in the earth. The concrete slipcase symbolizes the concrete sarcophagus in which reactor number four was placed to prevent further spreading of radio activity. Together with a combination of constructivist and poetic typography, it aims to bring the reader closer to the stories from one of the worst disasters in history.