Book Identification: Collection about Nuclear Anxiety
August 12, 2017 6:08 AM   Subscribe

This is a long shot, but I'm trying to find a collection of writing about nuclear anxiety I read 10+ years ago. Few remembered details below the fold.

Though I read it in the mid-2000s, I believe it was published in the 1980s, though I'm not certain. It was a collection of writing--I think a mix of prose, poetry, and memoir/essays. Multiple authors. All having to do with the threat of nuclear annihilation, possibly also writing about Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It was not in the vein of speculative fiction if I remember correctly, more of a series of emotional responses to the nuclear threat.

That's all I remember. The book moved me greatly at the time, and I'm so disappointed that I can't remember more details. Perhaps someone else has read this and remembers it? Googling has mostly led me to speculative fiction collections or more academic texts, neither of which is correct. Thank you in advance for any assistance!
posted by dysh to Writing & Language (2 answers total)
Oh, I should add that I read it in English, and don't believe it was primarily a translation, but I could be wrong.
posted by dysh at 6:10 AM on August 12, 2017

This is a real long shot, but could it have been Voices from Chernobyl? It's a collection of works about the Chernobyl disaster, so not quite nuclear annihilation, per se, but many of the pieces dealt with the fear of not knowing what was happening, or what the long-term effects would be, as well as the staggering losses that were sustained. Much of the rest of your description fits my recollection, and it was absolutely devastating to read.
posted by mishafletch at 5:22 PM on August 12, 2017

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