A Day`s News

Aug 30, 2011 | 08:15pm  

Some time ago I was browsing through my bookshelf to find something to read on my way to the office. I picked a book that I borrowed from my parents years ago. It`s a title by Christa Wolf, a famous german writer; “Accident: A Day`s News”. The title didn`t ring a bell so I just grabbed it and put it in my bag.

When I started reading on the train I was immediately sucked into the flow of the narrator’s stream of thoughts. It`s a very deep and intense diary-like style of writing that confronts the reader with the author’s state of mind which is dominated by insecurity, fear and hope while she is waiting for a call from the hospital where her brother is undergoing brain surgery. The second accident that interrupts her daily routine on April 26, 1986 is the news of the massive nuclear disaster at Chernobyl.

The book reveals more than just the narrator’s state of mind during that single day. She questions the way we are treating our world and whether we are making the right decisions. The author is not only trying to get to the bottom of scientific progress and it`s consequences – the connection between killing and inventing, technology and humanity – but ends up with the leading question; whether the human race has a tendency to self-destruction.

“The long-sought link between the animal and the truly human person is us.” – Konrad Lorenz

It`s terrifying how relevant this book is. While reading it I received day by day similar news from the nuclear accident in Fukushima. It`s the same fear and the same questions; 25 years after Chernobyl, 66 years after Hiroshima.


an (east-)german writer’s book written about the catastrophe in russia, relating to a current scenario in japan 25 years later, relating to hell 66 years ago – isn’t the world one human induced merry-go-round.

a good catch richard, a great writer and an important angle touched upon; after all and simply said: humans across the planet do have the same hopes, the same fears, the same joys, the same dangers and its related catastrophes, but also the same hopes…and i do hope, that through individual and collective actions the current zeitgeist is moving us in a future without nuclear- and other self-destructive human in(ter)ventions

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